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OBITUARY

Joe Murillo Sr.

December 19, 1947July 30, 2020

Joe Murillo, 72, of Tempe, Arizona passed away on July 30, 2020 in Mesa, Arizona.

Joe was born in Anthony, New Mexico on December 19, 1947 and was married to Dominga Cortez Murillo on June 17, 1949, in the beautiful city of Panama, Republica de Panama. He worked in the military fire department as a paramedic/EMT and retired after serving 26 years as an E6 Master Sergeant for the U.S Air Force. Joe enjoyed golfing, watching FOX News and camping with his family. He was fond of all types of food, particularly, shrimp pizza at his favorite restaurant, Oreganos, enjoying a good glass of wine or eating homemade red enchilada's; however, the only way he would eat them was stacked. On most days, you would likely find Joe playing chess with his brother in-law Milford or spending time with his grandchildren or loving wife.

He is preceded in death by his parents Eduardo M Gastelum and Maria de Jesus Y Gastelum, brothers Manuel Murillo, Guadalupe Murillo and sisters Esperanza Martinez and Martha Valenzuela. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dominga Murillo, his brother Jerry Gastelum of Mesa; his sons Benito, Carlos, Javier, Joe Jr, daughter Christina, 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Joe was a devoted husband and loving father. He was very compassionate, and everybody who met him, loved him. They will remember his laughter and beautiful smile. Joe had a big heart and opened his door to anyone in need. His generosity will live on through the lives he touched.

Memorial Service for Joe will be streamed Friday, August 14 at 11am on Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery Facebook: www.facebook.com/GreenAcresMortuary/

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Brittany Baker

August 9, 2020

I am going to miss you so much Tata, I will forever cherish the moments and special moments we have had.... I’m going to miss your laugh and miss hearing you whistle around the house, it’s like you had your own little songs ❤️ I’m going to miss our conversations, and how you always gave the best advice. I’m going to miss waking up in the morning and having breakfast and coffee with you 😢 You were just the perfect Tata. I love you!

Karen Desiderati

August 8, 2020

To the Murillo Family,

Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Hold tight to all of your great memories! Sending you all of our love.
Karen Desiderati and Elise & Milan Djukic

Bernardo Espinoza

August 8, 2020

Joe Murillo was not only my sisters grandpa, but I considered him my own Tata. That’s was his name to me. Even as I grew up, I still call him Tata. It’s was weird to call him by his first name. Tata was the nicest and caring respectful man I ever met. Drinking his beers, doing yard work and falling asleep snoring while the tv was on, was how I remember him the most. Tata, I’m sad your that your at rest, but I’m so glad that your at peace

Jesus Reyes

August 8, 2020

Joe was my good friend from Canutillo High School!! He had a special laugh and smile.
Rest In Peace my friend....

christina murillo

August 8, 2020

Patricia Gonzalez

August 5, 2020

love you uncle❤There are no words to describe how much you meant to all of us. You will truly be messed.

Joe Murillo

August 4, 2020

I had the honor to meet primo and his wife sometime ago. There hospitality was like no other. They were so cordial and loving. As a matter of fact Joe was and is my dad’s great grand nephew and they are both in heaven rejoicing 🙏🏼. RIP PRIMO!! You earned your 👑!!!

FYI-below is my father’s picture for everyone.

Jeffrey Scott Gomez

August 2, 2020

I didn’t know Joe particularly well, mostly when I was a teenager and he was in service to our country close to where my family and I lived in Seattle, Washington. Joe was my dad’s younger cousin. He seemed grateful to have family in close proximity to his base since Anthony, New Mexico, where both he and my father were born and raised, was a world away. He would sometimes come to visit and I vividly remember his big smile, and gentle kindness. I’d not thought much about this until 40 years later, I happened across Joe and his beautiful family at the funeral of my dear Uncle Ray. My father has long since passed, but there was Joe with that same smile and gentle spirit I remembered so well as a boy. He could not have been more gracious and I regretted not knowing him or his family over the decades. And while his passing makes me desperately sad, I pray he leaves us having fulfilled his mission in life. I will remember him always as a cherished cousin to my dad, an American Hero, and a beloved Husband and Father.

Take care Cousin Joe. You will be honored and remembered by all those whom you touched.

Jeffrey Scott Gomez

Jerry Gastelum

August 1, 2020

My Brother Joe your going to be greatly missed!! You have always inspired me to be a better person. We have alot of great memories with you and you will never be forgotten!! Your a Great Man and I will miss you!! God bless you!!

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