Joe Galvan

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  • "Dear Tess, Jo and the Galvan Family, We have such fond..."
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  • "Judge Galvan was a sensitive and caring judge."
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Joe H. Galvan

The Hon. Joe H. Galvan of Las Cruces, 84, peacefully passed away on March 25, 2018 with his family at his side, at his daughter's home in Corrales, NM. Joe is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary (Tess) Galvan of Las Cruces; his children, Michael Galvan (Janet) of Ithaca, NY, Jo Galvan Nash (Don) of Las Cruces, Dr. Lena Ernst (Bob) of Corrales, Jay Galvan Heneghan (Jim) of Santa Fe, Rachel Symalla (Edmund) of Chandler, AZ; his sisters, Rebeca Chavira of Las Cruces and Susie Maldonado (Gilbert) of Albuquerque; and his grandchildren, Elena Galvan Bates (Dan); Skyler Nash; Tess, Faye, and Meehan Heneghan; Koen and Parker Symalla; and many nieces and nephews. Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Maria Galvan; and siblings, Felipe, Tony and Elias Galvan, Juanita Romero, Carmen Lucero; and half-brothers-and-sisters, Maria de la Luz, Rosa, Amado, Carmen, Andrea, Maria Cruz, Conrado, and Dolores Galvan.

Born October 12, 1933, Joe was raised in Central, NM. In 1954, he married Tessie Chavez of Silver City, NM. He attended San Jose (CA) State, and graduated from Western New Mexico University in 1956 and from the University of New Mexico Law School in 1965. Joe built a successful law practice in Las Cruces and served two years as a Las Cruces Municipal Judge. In 1976, he was appointed as district court judge in Dona Ana County. He served as Chief Judge and was continuously re-elected until retiring from the state in 1991. Joe was then appointed as a US Magistrate Judge, serving on the federal bench until retiring in 2007.

The Galvan family would like to thank the caring individuals at Retreat at Home and The Retreat Alzheimer's Specialty Care facility in Rio Rancho, NM where Joe lived the last four years of his life. His caregivers protected his dignity, ensured good medical care, made him laugh, and provided him a daily dose of hands-on love.

Joe will be cremated, with a Rosary scheduled on Friday, May 25, 6:00 p.m., and Funeral Mass on Saturday, May 26, 10:30 a.m., both at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1327 N. Miranda, Las Cruces, NM 88005. A private, family ceremony will be held immediately following the mass in the Holy Cross Saint Francis Garden Columbarium, where Joe will be laid to rest with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe Galvan can be made to the NM , 9500 Montgomery NE #121, Albuquerque, NM 87111

( His services in Las Cruces were entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Boutz Rd., Las Cruces, NM 88005, (575) 527-2222,

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Las Cruces, NM 88005
(575) 527-2222
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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 8, 2018
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