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Joseph Marquez

OBITUARY: Joseph Marquez

1944-Sept 2023

Joseph was born in 1944 to Antonio and Maria Esmeralda Marquez in Espanola, New Mexico. Anyone who knew Joseph knew that he was the most loving father and husband a family could ask for. Joseph was predeceased by wife Florence Marquez and daughter Lori Ann Michelle Marquez. Joseph is survived by daughters Eliza and Desiree, son-in-law Lee Roy Lucero, granddaughter Katrina Lucero, and grandson Demetri Baca. Joseph has been a member of the Morada, La Cofradia de Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno, in Garcia, Colorado for 55 years. Joseph often said the best education he received was in the four walls of the Morada. Joseph attended Otero Junior College and University of Phoenix to complete his degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling. Joseph was a drug and alcohol counselor for 33 years in both New Mexico and Colorado. Joseph’s life was led by his faith. Joseph is known for saying, “Always put the Cross first, you must put your faith over your fear.” Joseph was an avid sports fan. He called himself a die-hard Denver Broncos fan. Joseph was able to recite any of the Denver Nuggets players’ statistics. Joseph was also passionate about fishing and bingo and could often be found at Route 66 Casino Bingo Hall.

Services were held on August 5, 2023, at St. Anthony’s Parish in Questa.