GONZALES, Joe John, born Jose Juan Gonzales at home in Tombstone, AZ. on September 22, 1945. "Joe", "Johnny", "J." or "J.J." passed away peacefully on September 24, 2010. At his side were his wife of 39 years, Virginia "Jennie" and their son, Raphael M. "Rocky" Gonzales. He graduated from Tombstone High School, spent four plus years in the Navy in the North Atlantic and worked for Duval Mining and ASARCO. He worked briefly for Pima County and the Ki'ki Association in Sells. He is preceded in death by his parents and survived by four siblings, Sonny, Jack, Frankie and Stella. His family grew when Rocky and Frances gave him his adorable grandson, Max to join the "instant" grandsons they provided. He will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. A Memorial will be celebrated as an open house at his home in Tucson. Friends and family will gather on Saturday, October 2, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Those wishing to donate in his name are suggested Caring Voices Coalition at www.caringvoice.org
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Sept. 29, 2010