Joseph (Birdman) Gonzales, born in Luis Lopez, NM on March 19th, 1950, passed away on May 25th, 2023, leaving behind a lifetime of cherished memories. He was surrounded by family at his time of passing at his home.
Joseph led a full life and touched the hearts of everyone he met. His kindness and generosity were felt by all who knew him. His love for life was contagious and he spread it everywhere he went.
Joseph's family would like to honor his memory with a Mass at San Miguel Church in Socorro on June 6th, 2023. The service will start at 10:00 am to celebrate his life. All those who knew Joseph are welcome to attend.
Joseph is survived by his brothers, Gilbert Gonzales and Terry Gonzales; sister Vela Velasquez; nephews Nathan Lee Velasquez, Andrew Velasquez Jr, Jeremy D. Velasquez, Matthew and Melissa Velasquez; Cousin Catherine J Lukesh, several nieces and nephews; many surviving relatives, including uncles, aunts; and many close friends whom he loved dearly.
Joseph lived up to his nickname of "Birdman," as he had an immense love for birds like no other. He enjoyed spending time bird watching every chance he got.
He will be remembered by many as a hardworking individual who would go out of his way to lend a helping hand or provide support without asking for anything in return. Joseph touched countless lives throughout his journey here on earth.
His kindness will not be forgotten as his impact on everyone that knew him will live on forever. Rest in peace Joseph (Birdman) Gonzales until we meet again soon!