Joe F. Garcia (Pancho) left this world to join his Heavenly Father on May 18, 2019. Joe was born Oct. 4, 1928, to Procopio and Odilia Garcia in Taos, New Mexico. He married his lovely wife, Cora Candelario, on Jan. 21, 1950, at St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church in Taos. They were married 66 years.
After moving to Tooele, Joe began his 34-year career at Tooele Army Depot. He was also a sergeant with the Tooele City Police Department. Over the years, Joe and Cora raised their four children, teaching them to be good citizens of society and to pursue their goals. Joe was a true supporter of his family throughout his life. He was always the greatest fan at wrestling matches, baseball games and all activities his family participated in.
He was a loving, caring and ethical man who had the respect of his family and a long list of friends. Some of his hobbies were hunting and fishing with his family, watching the Utah Jazz, Notre Dame, Utah Utes and Arizona Wildcats. Joe loved riding horses and telling stories of being a ranch hand in Wyoming in his youth. He loved music and you could often catch him wearing his creased ball cap and whistling or singing along. Joe loved to grow his garden just so he could give away the vegetables. The more he gave, the more they would grow.
Our loving father, grandfather, mentor and friend will truly be missed, but what he taught and inspired will carry on.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Cora, his daughter Frances, his grandson Pete, and his two brothers Juan and Junior Garcia.
He is survived by his three sisters Julia Romero, Cree Medina, and Maria (Ted) Trujillo; his three sons Rick (Karen), Anthony (Terri) and Greg (Ramona); 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and God children.
A visitation will be held at St. Marguerite Church on Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., with the Rosary at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be Friday, May 24, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Marguerite Church, with visitation for an hour prior.
We would like to sincerely thank the staff at Rocky Mountain Care Center and the Emergency Staff at the Mountain West Medical Center for the excellent care they gave Pampa C.