Joseph Michael Espinoza LUBBOCK-Services for Joseph Michael Espinoza, 20, of Lubbock will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will be in Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park. Family will receive friends at 6 p.m. and are invited to pray the rosary at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Guajardo Funeral Chapels. Joseph passed away on March 25, 2016. Joseph was born on Feb. 2, 1996, in Lubbock, Texas to Joseph Adam and Cathy (Lucero) Espinoza. Joseph graduated in 2014. He was employed by Discount Tire as a tech and also in sales. He enjoyed golf, basketball and softball. His passion in life was the love of his family. Joseph brought joy and smiles to all. He was a devout Catholic, generous person, full of life and had a joking spirit. He was a fan of the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Cowboys and Texas Tech. Survivors include: parents, Joseph Adam and Cathy Espinoza; sister, Cynthia Espinoza and fianc , Nate Smith, Victoria and Elizabeth Espinoza, all of Lubbock; paternal grandmother, Maria Guadalupe Espinoza of Muleshoe, Texas; maternal grandfather, Luis Lucero of Lubbock; and several aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him dearly. Joseph was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Camilo Espinoza (2009); maternal grandmother, Victoria Lucero (1998).

Posted by Virginia Rodriquez on March 25, 2022
I love you mijo! I will eternally miss you!
Love, Aunt Gina
Posted by rose espinoza on March 25, 2022
Love you Joseph!!!!
Aunt Rose❤️
Posted by Monica Lucero on February 2, 2022
Happy Birthday “The greatest”, I know you are celebrating up in heaven, having a good time, I miss you so much, my baby boy…
Posted by Virginia Rodriquez on February 2, 2022
Wow! You would have been 26 today! I can’t believe how the years fly by! I miss you so so so much! I love you forever! Celebrate big in heaven mijo! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
~Love Aunt Gina

Posted by rose espinoza on February 2, 2022
Hey Joseph!!! Happy 26th birthday!! We miss you so much everyday! Not a day goes by without us thinking about you and your smile and your sense of humor! We love you,Joseph always! Til we meet again! Forever missed!!
Love Aunt Rose and the boys!!❤️
Posted by Virginia Rodriquez on March 30, 2020
4 years Mijo. It just seems like yesterday you were born. Then... you were gone... It's been 4 years since you were taken away from us! You are still so missed. You will never be forgotten! Never! You are always on everyone's mind...all the time! Always!!!
I love you so much! #ForeverTheGreatest

Love Aunt Gina
Posted by Virginia Rodriquez on March 25, 2019
I can't believe it's been 3 years! 3 years! Time has gone by so fast and not a day goes by that I don't think about you! Every day! I know I am not the only one that does, so with our huge family, that means you are thought of ALOT! You were such a beautiful soul! Everyone loves you so much! I just wish that we didn't have to go on without you, but that's how it has to be. So, we will accept it and go on. Pray for us from from heaven! Until we see each other again... dreams will do. Thank you for visiting me in my dream! It was so awesome to get to hug you!
Love you forever!
Love Aunt Gina
Posted by Monica Lucero on February 2, 2019
Happy 23rd Birthday mijo, not a day goes by that I don’t think of you, I miss you soo much, I wish I could see you again celebrating, giving me my hug n kiss, telling me you love me, party like a ROCKSTAR my baby boy...
Posted by Monica Lucero on March 25, 2018
Good morning my baby Joseph, can’t believe it’s been two years already, last night we were at gpa’s luis house, and I was always used to going to your room and giving you hug n kiss, but instead I gave your picture a hug n kiss and walked into your room, it smells so good, you will be forever in my heart❤️❤️
Posted by Virginia Rodriquez on February 2, 2018
Happy Heavenly Birthday, Joseph! I love and miss you so much!!! I know you are celebrating your birthday with God and that's comforting. You are forever missed! 
Love, Aunt Gina!!!
Posted by Monica Lucero on February 2, 2018
Happy Happy 22nd Birthday my Joseph, I love and miss you so much mijo, but I know you are celebrating like a ROCK STAR, I would do anything just to see your beautiful smile
Posted by Virginia Rodriquez on September 26, 2017
Joseph, I find myself thinking about you all the time, but this evening, it's been extremely hard. I always think of the what ifs and ofcourse, the wonderful memories. But...this evening, it's been extremely hard. For our question, there is no answer, at least not yet. One day soon, we Will All understand why... Why you were taken so soon. I see your picture every day and I talk to you...I know you hear us...all of us...but, it's been extremely hard this evening cause I don't hear you... I don't see you... except for the pictures...the memories will have to do for now. I miss you so much! I love you mijo! Someday soon, we'll see each other again...but until then, it's been extremely hard!!!!
Posted by Monica Lucero on March 25, 2017
WOW!!! It's been a WHOLE YEAR my baby Joseph, that the Lord GAINED an Angel, not a day goes by that I don't think about you mijo, I miss you VERY VERY much, it's been tough without you, I love you, dance with the angels baby, until we meet again
Posted by Gwen Davis on March 25, 2017
My Deepest Sympathy to the Family
Posted by Amber Jacob Vessel on February 2, 2017
Happy 21st birthday, Joe!! ❤❤❤
Have the best birthday!
We love and miss you. ❤
Posted by Monica Lucero on February 2, 2017
Happy Birthday to the "GREATEST " the BIG 21, I know you are having the time of your life in heaven right now celebrating, I love you very much missing you dearly mijo
Posted by Orlando Lucero on July 16, 2016
Joseph, not a day goes by that I don't think of you as I drive to and from work I still see your cross on the interstate and I always say "I just don't" understand why". Only God can answer that and I know you are with him in heaven smiling down with that big beautiful smile of yours.
We love you and will always keep you in our hearts sweet boy.

Love Aunt Becky and Uncle Orlando
Posted by Brittany Mungia on July 16, 2016
To my Best friend

I miss you everyday. It's crazy how in such a short time we became so close. You were always at the apartment, making us laugh. You were like my baby brother in away. We fought, and were beyond protective of each other. I know God has a plan ans he speak things for his own reason but my heart hurts still and as much as I try not to question him and just belive, I find my self short of faith. The last day I spent with you, we were at the oyster bar fighting over cheese fries, and spiting spot wads at eachother ( I know how gross) but that day you told me something I'll hold on to forever. You told me " Britt, thank you for being good to this family. Not only do you take care of my cousin but you have always been there for me. Your my best chick friend, well more like a sister to me." And I was like " awww how cute" and you told me " OKAYYY, don't take it to the head now or I'll take it back" and we just busted out laghing.
And that day was speacil too bc it was felipes 21st birthday. :/
I love and miss you so much joe. I'll forever hold you dear to my heart.

Posted by Mary Lopez on July 16, 2016
My sweet Joseph, not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I have your picture where I see it everyday. Sometimes I still cry, like now. Sometimes I remember the moment grandma called to tell me that you were gone. It still hurts so bad, because I love you so much. But I know where you are and I know you are happy and well. I just hope you feel the love and know that every time I told you I loved you, I meant it.
Posted by Cindy Lucero on July 16, 2016
The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly In death we do the same.It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
  Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
   Love you always Joseph
Posted by Orlando Lucero on July 16, 2016
Love you nephew from Becky Orlando thinking about you everyday
Posted by Michaela Perez on July 16, 2016
My dearest friend Jospeh,
I am missing you so much. I still question myself why it happen to such an amazing man like you. Why God had to take you so soon from our lives, I still hurt and I still don't want to believe you are really gone. But I do believe everything happens for a reason And God has his own ways showing us. If heaven wasn't so far away, I would visit you everyday and rewind our unforgettable nights together. You were such a blessing in my life and I am so happy i got to cherish moments that I'll never forget. You'll be forever missed and never forgotten. Fly High Jospeh
Posted by rose espinoza on July 15, 2016
Just wanted to say we love and miss you Joseph. Not a day goes by that we do not remember your laughter, jokes, and smile. We visited your grave and talked about memories we had of times you made us laugh. Thank you for those amazing memories that we hold in our hearts, and thank you Adam and Cathy for sharing your amazing son with us all! He will be forever missed and forever loved and never forgotten!
Posted by Dustin Werlitsch on July 15, 2016

It seems like yesterday that we were working in Belton together, challenging each other to out perform one another. We had only known each other for a short period of time but I couldn't help but say you are one of my best friends. Even when we weren't working together we would have our weekly hang out at Buffalo Wild Wings and just talk about how terrible our football teams were and throw up the "x" when ever we saw each other. I remember you told me that even though we aren't working at the same store I'll be keeping tabs on you. I know you're still doing that today keeping tabs on me from heaven making sure I'm making you proud. I miss you buddy and I'll see you soon in heaven when we are celebrating Gods love together in heaven. I love and miss you my friend!!

Dustin Werlitsch
Posted by Martin Rodriquez on July 15, 2016
Hey joe! I was telling Gabe about this the other night...back a few months ago, me and you were hanging out with Felipe and Brittany back wen they were still at canyon crossing, and i was remembering how i had heard an add on the radio from a discount tire here in town and it was NOT the slide store,
and this particular store claimed to have the fastest service out of every discount in the country......when you heard it you got absolutely furious and i finally told you that you had to call them out and you had calmed down about it, yet every time after that you would end a conversation by saying "man I canNOT BELIEVE they said that!!!??!!" "How could they even prove that!!!!"
Posted by Amber Jacob Vessel on July 15, 2016
Joseph Michael, ❤
I think about you every single day. I tell my sweet Abigail how funny and sweet you were. I think about all the good times we had and the last time we hung Cynthia and Nate's, and you and Martin ate all the burnt pizza!
Posted by Gwen Davis on July 15, 2016
sorry for your loss

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Posted by Virginia Rodriquez on March 25, 2022
I love you mijo! I will eternally miss you!
Love, Aunt Gina
Posted by rose espinoza on March 25, 2022
Love you Joseph!!!!
Aunt Rose❤️
Posted by Monica Lucero on February 2, 2022
Happy Birthday “The greatest”, I know you are celebrating up in heaven, having a good time, I miss you so much, my baby boy…
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Shared by Victoria Espinoza on November 18, 2016

The family and I are in California for a few days. Everything is so freaking perfect over here.... except for one thing: you're not here. But i just know that you and Mia are watching over us and smiling. I know you see all the funny little jokes and you're up to date on all of the inside jokes and everything. I love y'all so much and I miss you joe, with all my heart

Shared by Victoria Espinoza on July 18, 2016

Dear Brother, 

Today mom, Liz, and I went bowling together. It reminded me of when you would be getting strike after strike when we would play. I used to get so mad because I would be doing horrible when your were getting strikes EVERY SINGLE TIME. haha. it was fun times we had together Joe, and those are the memories that I will cherish forever. 

I love you Joe. 

Love you forever

Shared by Virginia Rodriquez on July 16, 2016

Joe, everyday I have these moments where I stop and think of you.  We all miss you so much!  You were such a great guy and if you haven't realized it yet, so many people loved you! You could light up a room with that beautiful smile and personality!  I have this small conversation that I have kept on my phone that I hold sacred in my mind and in my heart.  It was your 20th birthday and I texted you (instead of calling) because I as running late getting ready for work. I am so glad that I texted you instead of calling you, because now I can look at this every day and imagine you saying it.  You will be forever in my heart!!!

Thank you for your wonderful memories, Joe!  I love you forever