Joe A. Navarro, 82, of Las Cruces, passed away on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Cabin John, Md. Joe was born on Nov. 13, 1931, in El Paso, Texas to Macario and Matilde Navarro.
Joe was a happy and eloquent man, who always gave more than he took. He was quick with a smile, fast with a joke and was friendly to everyone he met.
Joe was an avid sports fan and especially loved football. He looked forward to Sundays in the fall after church to spend the day with his family and friends watching football. He also enjoyed watching is sons, daughter and grandkids playing sports, playing in a band or dancing in a recital. He was equally proud of all of their accomplishments. He was also an avid hunter and loved going deer hunting with his sons.
Joe retired from the Civil Service in 1986. He was recognized by Ronald Regan as Civil Service Employee of the year in 1983 at Holloman Air Force Base. He was loved and respected by his colleagues. After his first retirement, he drove school and activities buses both in Alamogordo and Las Cruces. He and his wife, who preceded him in heaven, Arsenia (Archie) Lueras Navarro, moved to Las Cruces to be closer to their grand kids. They enjoyed many years grand-parenting, watching some of the grand kids being born, through going to college and getting married.
He is survived by his sons and daughter; Joseph Michael, of Las Cruces; Arthur and his wife, Loretta, of Albuquerque; Armando and his wife, Stephanie, from Lafayette, La.; Alicia Woodard and her husband, Dean, of Cabin John; and Rudy and his wife, Terry, of Las Cruces. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Matthew, Katherine, Patrick, Madison, Adam, Angelo, Stephen, Aaron, Adrianna, Gabriel and Annaliesa; All who loved him very much. He is also survived by his brother Ernest, of Lawton, Okla.
Pall bearers are Angelo Navarro, Adam Navarro, Gabriel Navarro, Ernest Navarro Jr., Chris Vallejos, Robert Vallejos and Raymond Lueras.
A viewing will begin at 2 p.m. with a Rosary at 3 p.m. and Funeral Mass at 3:30 p.m. to be held at the Santa Rita Catholic Church, in Carrizozo, on Friday Sept. 20, 2013.
Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home 1410 E. Bowman Ave, Las Cruces NM 88001. To sign the local online guest book visit www.getzcares.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 19 to Oct. 18, 2013