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Joe V. Marquez
Joe V. Marquez
1926 – 2021
With his family at his side, Joe Marquez peacefully passed away on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at the age of 95 in Visalia, California. Joe was a loving and devoted husband; father, brother, uncle, friend, Nino, and beloved son. We are truly blessed to have received his love and affection.
Joe was born on October 7, 1926 to parents Adrian and Josefa Marquez in their Cutler, California home. Joe grew up in a home rich with faith and Mexican culture. He graduated from Orosi High School and Reedley College. Joe was awarded the US Army World War II Victory Medal and Korean Service Medal with Bronze Service Star.
Joe met the love of his life Carmen in 1953. Joe and Carmen were married on September 25, 1954. They began their marriage and raised a beautiful family of three children: Richard, Michael, and Patricia. Raised strong in his faith and a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Joe and Carmen passed their faith on to their children.
Joe and many of his brothers worked for their father Adrian Marquez Sr. in the farm labor contract business. Joe and his brother Adrian F. continued in the farm labor business and farmed tomatoes, peaches, nectarines and melons as an operation known as Marquez Brothers. This partnership began in the early 1960s and was also involved working for the turkey industry in avian reproduction. This business provided many opportunities for his brothers Benny, Arthur, Pete, Leroy, Stanley, Gilbert, Manuel, and Bernie. Throughout Joe’s career he developed many lifelong friendships working with the farming community.
Joe was not only there for his family and friends but was an active member of the community. He was a Trustee of Cutler Elementary School and served for the Tulare County Grand Jury. In addition, he was a past member of the Kiwanis International, Cutler-Orosi Latin American Club, and Lions Club International.
One of Joe’s mottos was ‘early to bed early to rise’ and he was always ready for the day before the sunrise. His favorite hobby was all forms of gambling from horse races to casino visits. Joe loved to visit with family, friends or strangers. In addition, Joe was an avid chess player always ready for a game.
Joe leaves behind children Richard (Patricia) Marquez of Granite Bay, Michael (Rachel) Marquez of Visalia, and Patricia (David) Marquez-Icardi of Hollister. Joe was blessed later in life step-grandchildren: Cathrina Madrigal, Celina Merritt, and Larry Morris after the marriage of his son Michael. Joe will be also missed by godchildren, many nieces and nephews, along with countless friends.
Joe is also survived by his brother, Dr. Bernard Marquez (Carol) of Selma; sisters-in-law Mary Marquez of San Diego, and Stella Marquez of Orosi.
Welcoming Joe in heaven are his wife Carmen; his parents Adrian and Josefa; infant son; brothers Adrian Jr., Arthur, Ventura, Frank, Pete, Adrian F, Stanley, Raymond, Leroy, Gilbert, and Manuel Marquez; sisters Carmen Bueno, Arlene Melendez, and Sally Gervasi.
The family would like to thank Dr. Shyam Bhaskar, Kaweah Delta Hospital staff, and the staff at Palm Village for their care of Joe.
Visitation will be held at Dopkin’s Chapel, Dinuba, California on Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. at Dopkin’s Chapel.
The funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 10 a.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Cutler California. Interment will immediately follow at Smith Mountain Cemetery.
The family will host a luncheon reception at Orosi Memorial Hall after the Interment.
COVID 19 remains among us and everyone’s health and safety is of great concern. Masks will be required at all indoor funeral events. We understand physical distancing and closely feel the prayers of all.
My deepest condolences to the Marquez family.I remember Mr.Joe Marquez when my siblings were young,he was my father's friend Mr. Agustin Bursiaga.My dad use to take us to pick tray grape.Joe was our boss.Joe was so nice to my father n us kids.Thats what I remember about Joe,good people.May you get to see my dad in heaven Mr.Marquez.We're going to miss you.RIP🙏🏼Mary Bursiaga.
Mary Luisa Bursiaga Jan 24 2022 1:48 AM