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Jesus (Joe) Esquero

December 17, 2020


Jesus (Joe) Esquero passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on December 17, 2020 in Alamogordo, NM.

Joe was born and raised  in Alamogordo NM by his parents, Jesus Esquero Sr. and Anita L. Esquero.  He was a graduate of Alamogordo High School in the 1950's where he played for the Alamogordo High state champion football team. He was honored to serve in the US Army Special Forces and also in the US Air Force.  He Retired Civil Service with the Federal Government at Holloman AFB.  Joe was active in Sertoma Little League baseball. On February 1, 1986, Governor Toney Anaya declared it “JOE ESQUERO DAY” in New Mexico for being a role model and mentor to hundreds of young people, helping them develop good character.  He was also active in Junior league football for over 30 years.  He was known to a lot of his players as “Coach" or "Chuma". While in the Army, he played semi pro baseball for the White Sox baseball team. Joe was proud to be a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus.  Joe will be remembered for the love of all sports and was an avid NY Yankees and NY Giants fan. He enjoyed spending Sunday afternoons barbecuing with his family and sharing stories of his childhood in Alamogordo. 

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Ramona D. Esquero; children, Maryann Claxton (Mark) of Alamogordo, NM, Richard Esquero (Debbie) of Alamogordo, NM, Irene Brandt of Las Cruces, NM, Stella Abate (Frank) of Northglenn, CO; grandchildren, Destini Esquero (Adreena), Ariel Esquero, Liberty Roybal (Cisco), Randy Brandt II (Tina), Jennifer Morales (Daniel), Kevin Abate (Heather), Frank Abate III (Cristina), Giovonna Yvonne Vieregger (Jesse); great grandchildren, Grace, Madison, Jaden, Rylan Joey, and Roxi; brother, Juan Esquero (Lydia) of Alamogordo, NM; sisters, Theresa Rios of Tucson, AZ, Estella Sarka (Andor) of Terrell, TX, and Anita Holbrook (Steve) of Puyallup, WA.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Jesus Esquero Sr.; mother, Anita L. Esquero; daughter, Yvonne Marie Esquero Marcucci; granddaughter, Brooke Ashley Marcucci; sister, Delores (Lolie) Esquero; and brother, Marcelino (Mark) Esquero.

"….God saw you getting weary.
He did what He thought best,
He put His arms around you,
And said, “Come and rest,”
He opened up His Golden Gate
On that heartbreaking day,
And with His arms around you,
You gently slipped away.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone.
A part of us went with you.
The day God called you home."

Interment will take place at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, TX.  Due to the Covid restrictions, Honorary Military Services will be held at a later date.

The Esquero family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements.

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