Joseph "Joe" Jacob Alcala

April 23, 1980March 30, 2012


Joseph Jacob Alcala, 31 also known as “Joe” and “Joe Joe” of Buhl was called home unexpectedly on Friday, March 30, 2012.

He was born to Fidel and Lori Matsen Alcala on April 23, 1980 in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was brought home to a big sister Jamie to start his life in Hazelton, Idaho between the valley and Murtaugh roads. He learned early in his life that Grandma Dorothy’s house was just across the field. It was a short walk on the canal bank to grandma’s and sometimes it was a long walk back when him and Grandma Dorothy had a minor disagreement, but before long he would think it over and he would be walking back. He had the best of both worlds, he could step out the front door and look to the south and see Grandpa Bonnie’s house at Murtaugh. He spent his childhood divided between spending time with Aunts and Uncles, Grandparents and Cousins on both sides of the river. He attended schools in Valley School District where he liked football and history. He was in the graduating class of “1999”. He later attended C.S.I. for a short time. The most joyous day of his life was June 16, 2001 when Collin Jacob Alcala Tverdy made him the Dad he always wanted to be. Every day that Joe could spend with Collin was the highlight of his life, he was very family oriented. He had the call of the wild in him because anything that was wild he hunted, from snakes to deer, elk, antelope and any critter known to man. In 2004, Joe’s life was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with cancer. He met the challenge to fight for his life at the Huntsman Center in Utah which he was still continuing until he was called home.

He left behind his father and stepmother, Fidel and Marie Alcala of Murtaugh; his mother, Lori Alcala of Hazelton; his sister and brother in law, Jamie (Tracy) Staggs of Caldwell; as well as his son, Collin Alcala Tverdy of Hazelton. He is also survived by his niece, Raychell; two nephews, Ian-Ehron and Billy of Caldwell; his stepsisters, Hailey (Brigham) Hurd of Nampa; Megan Holbrook of Murtaugh; his stepbrothers, Reiny (Crystal) Holbrook, Chase Holbrook and Colton Holbrook of Burley; as well as his grandfather, Bonifacio Alcala of Filer; loving friend and companion, Kacie Sherman of Twin Falls; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins by the dozens. He was preceded in death by his Grandma Dorothy Matsen, Grandma Mercedes Alcala, Grandfather Ray Matsen, Aunt Enedina Alcala and Uncle Melvin Meyer.

Funeral services for Joe will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Kimberly Birch Street L.D.S. Church, 222 Birch Street in Kimberly with Bishop Levi Perkins conducting. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. A viewing for family and friends will take place on Wednesday evening, April 4, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at White Mortuary, “Chapel by the Park”, 136 4th Ave. East, Twin Falls as well as one hour prior to the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be given to a trust fund set up in the name of Fidel Acala for Joe’s son Collin at First Federal Bank. Contributions may be given to funeral chapel staff or mailed to White Mortuary, P.O. Box 845, Twin Falls, ID 83303 or can be dropped off at any branch at First Federal Bank.

Services are under the direction of Trent Stimpson and staff at White Mortuary, “Chapel by the Park”, Twin Falls.

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  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 5, 2012
  • Viewing for Family and Friends Wednesday, April 4, 2012
  • Viewing for Family and Friends Thursday, April 5, 2012

Joseph "Joe" Jacob Alcala

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lori matsen

March 31, 2015

My precious son it hasn't been any easier on the 3yrs since you left me I think of you every day I know your up there taking care of them big elk and Gods big game your in the arms of more sadness tears and
heart ache and pain, honey your free from your broken little wing I love you much and I will see you soon angel...
Love mom

fidel alcala

March 29, 2014

Joe here is another year gone bye and still nothing makes it easy I love you son we miss you a lot!!!


December 29, 2013

I am thinking of our time together son I love ya!!!

fidel alcala

July 5, 2013

I miss you and miss our time together out in canyon hunting nor just target shooting love dad.

April 28, 2013

Always in our hearts. Love Dad and Marie

April 24, 2013

Hey Joe Happy Birthday Love Dad!!!


April 30, 2012


jamie staggs

April 29, 2012

I am honored to have had the opportunity to be your sister and thankful for the 31 years of memories I have with you while growing up together i just regret not being able to grow old together with u time will heal my bro.... love you forever

Ryan Christensen

April 17, 2012

I wasn't acquainted with Joe, but I know his son. Collin always spoke very highly of his father, and loved the hunting trips. My prayers are with him and his family.

Tina Tudor

April 6, 2012

Alcala Family,

I am so sorry to hear about Joe. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a special young man. Joe will be missed by so many!