Joaquin “Jake” Jaramillo passed away at the U of U Hospital on Jan. 19, 2021. Dad was born in Edith, Colorado, to Rafael and Elviria Duran Jaramillo. As a child he loved to act and was given the lead roles in school plays. He also loved riding horses bareback with his three-legged dog close by. Dad was always a hard worker, working in the mines at the age of 14. When the mine inspectors would come around, he would have to be hid so he wouldn’t lose his job or get the mining company in trouble. At the age of 18 he left Colorado and got a job with Tooele Army Depot where he stayed until he retired in 1979. During his years there he earned many awards for inventions that were implemented and are still in use today. He always kept two jobs to provide for his family which was always his top priority. Dad made many lifelong friends at his many jobs, Satisfaction Center, Tooele Transcript Bulletin, Allen’s Food Town, Tooele City Police Department, and Allied.
In 1954 he married the love of his life Florila “Flori” Lopez Jaramillo. They were together until her untimely death in 1981. There wasn’t a single day that went by that Dad didn’t think of Mom. Dad’s dream was to have his own business and in 1989 he opened J & J Jewelry. He loved going to work but especially loved the later years when his best friend, his son Rick, was able to join him. They worked together until his death.
Dad had many hobbies: bowling, golfing, but he especially loved to fix things and it was often said by many “If Jake can’t fix it, then it can’t be fixed!” He was a very good mechanic and always took very good care of his vehicles. Dad made beautiful leather crafts and each of us had our own personalized leather belts and wallets. He loved his cows, horses, farming, and ranching. But his most favorite was spending time with his family, his great-grandkids, and our Sunday dinners. Those dinners he was always so thankful for.
He was a devout Catholic and rarely missed a Sunday. He was a member of The Knights of Columbus, 4th degree level. We called Dad the “Bionic Man” because no matter what he went through, surgeries, amputations, quadruple bypass, he just kept on going. We thought we’d have him forever! We’ve lost our hero, mentor, best friend and OUR LIGHT, and our lives will never be the same. We take comfort in knowing he has joined our mom and for the first time in forty years he is truly happy again.
Jake was so proud to be an American, and to live in the USA. He always flew a flag, and when it got tattered he would religiously replace it.
A funeral mass will be held Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, at St. Marguerite Catholic Church for family only. A public viewing and rosary will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Tate Mortuary. Rosary from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Viewing from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.
Jake is survived by his three children Rick Jaramillo, Arlene Reeder and Crystal Romero; four grandchildren Desiree Romero, Keaton Romero, Carlos Romero and Zach Jaramillo; six great-grandchildren Lexi Jaramillo, Kyrian R. Jaramillo, Cameron Jaramillo, Quintin Romero, Tempi Jaramillo and Brantly Gnora; one brother Fred Jaramillo (Mary); and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Rafael and Elviria Jaramillo; and siblings Mike Jaramillo, Becky Mobley, Ralph Jaramillo, Joe Jaramillo and Horace Jaramillo.
Our hearts are full of love for Dad’s guardian angel here on earth Dr. Nita Weber. Without her we never would have had Dad as long as we did. She is truly our sister. We would like to give a special thanks to Father Rafael, Bill White, Debbie McManaman, Julia, and the church choir for all their help. We also want to thank the staff at Tate Mortuary for their compassionate care.