The Obit For Joe Esqueda

February 18, 1920 to Jan. 25, 2008

The San Diego Union-Tribune 1/30/2008.

Joseph Jesus Esqueda was well known by many who were familiar with the San Diego Mission and Nazareth House, where he grew up and worked as a caretaker his entire life.

In 1930, he arrived in Mission Valley at the tender age of 10. The Sisters of Nazareth cared for him until he was a young teen. He attended St. Augustine's High School, where he thrived in sports. In his yearbook it was noted, "Jojo was elected President of his class his first year here.
Quiet, serious, short, stocky, but nevertheless the fastest man in school. Eats, sleeps, drinks baseball." Joe went on to fulfill his dream to become a ballplayer, playing one year in pro ball for the Chicago Cubs Farm team in Bisby, AZ.

He put his dream on hold to serve his country in WWII as a Cpl. in the Army Air Force and served as a Military Police. He saw action in the European Theater, arriving in Normandy D-Day + 6. He was awarded the Good Conduct and Victory Medal.

Upon his return he dedicated the rest of his life to serving the Sisters of Nazareth. Joe was active in the Holy Name Society for the San Diego Mission where he also served as an usher.

Joe left to be with the Lord on January 25th. He touched everyone who came to know him for his kind and gentle heart. We will all miss him greatly, especially his extended family, for he was one of the good souls of this world.

Survivors include his wife, Julieta Esqueda; sons, Anthony, John, Vincent, Joe; their wives Doreen, Gwen, Michelle, Cathy and nine grandchildren; Sister, Lucy Sandoval. Viewing: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., with Rosary 6:00 p.m.; Thursday, January 31st, at St. Francis Chapel, 10828 San Diego Mission Road. Service: 10 a.m. Friday, February 1st, at San Diego Mission de Alcala, 10818 San Diego Mission Road.

Interment: La Vista Cemetery, 3191 Orange Street, National City. Reception at the California Room, 10828 San Diego Mission Road.Please sign the guest book at