Jose (Joe) Esparza, age 74, gained his Heavenly Wings on Saturday, July 10, 2021.
Joe was born on March 20, 1947, to Concepcion and Felipa Esparza in Corpus Christi, TX (Chapman Ranch). Joe was the 7th of 14 children.
Growing up in Corpus Christi, Joe began working at an early age to help support his large family. As a teenager, Joe was able to help his parents buy a new home.
In 1966, Joe was drafted into the United States Army. After his training in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Joe was sent to Korea where he served until 1968.
Joe's entire working career as an adult was in the grocery business, working for both Kroger in Houston and HEB in Corpus Christi.
When Joe was not working, he loved, loved, loved to fish in the surf at North Padre Island. On his day off he would get up, drink his coffee and say”The Reds are running.....Gotta go!!!” He always looked forward to the annual Surf Cats Fishing Tournament. During this weekend event, he enjoyed so much spending valuable time camping out at the beach with family and friends trying to catch that prize fish.
Joe had to retire early due to illness, but he continued to live life to the fullest.
Joe adored his two little dogs Houston and Astro. He also loved to root for his home sports teams, The Houston Astros, Texans, and Rockets. When Joe was not watching sports on TV, he loved to watch old western series and movies.
Joe was a happy go lucky guy. He loved his large family and he had lots of friends. He was the type of guy who loved to give HUGS.
Joe is proceeded in death by his parents, Concepcion and Felipa Esparza, Sister, Josie Davila, Sister, Maria Martinez, Sister, Sylvia Moncevalles, Brother, Israel Esparza, and Sister, Yolanda Esparza.
Joe leaves behind to cherish his memory: Wife, Debbie, Daughter, Crystal, Son, Joe Jr., Grandchildren, Brittney and Joe Matthew, and Great Grandaughter Ava Grace, whom he called Boogie
Joe is also survived by: Brother, Ralph (Josie) Esparza, Sister, Margie Guzman,Sister, Lydia Blank, Sister, Angie Davila, Sister, Olivia Curiel, Sister, Irma (Jesse) Sandate, Brother, Jimmy (Diana) Esparza, and Sister Veronica Garza, and numerous Nieces and Nephews.