Joseph "Jo Joe" V. Gonzales of Grand Junction died Feb. 25, 2016, in Boulder City, Nev. He was 59.
He was born in Delta April 10, 1956, to Pete and Eva Gonzales. He was raised and attended school in Delta.
He moved to Grand Junction where he worked for 20 years as a mechanic for First Student Laidlaw Transportation. In 2015, illness caused him to move to Nevada to be near family.
Mr. Gonzales enjoyed his family and was a Broncos fan.
He is survived by a daughter, Courtney (Zachary Woods) Gonzales of Des Moines, Iowa; four grandchildren, Brianna Gonzales of Pueblo, Tristan McEachern, Ethan McEachern and Caitlyn McEachern, all of Denver; six siblings, George (Leona) Gonzales of Las Vegas, Nev., Gene (Anita) Gonzales of Delta, John (Evelyn) Gonzales of Cañon City, Sandy Gonzales of Montrose, Christina (Moses) Gonzales of Salem, Ore., and Rose Gonzales of Phoenix, Ariz.; a niece, Mandi Gonzales; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Eva Gonzales; a daughter, Tara McEachern; two brothers, Pete and Billy Gonzales, and a niece, Brandy Gonzales.
A rosary will be spoken at 8 p.m., Friday, April 1, and mass will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 2, both at St. Michael Catholic Church. Interment with his niece, Brandy Gonzales, will follow at Mesa View Cemetery.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.