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
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 obituaries.uniontrib.com.