12/21/1921 - 07/30/2019
Our father and grandfather went home to be with his “Al” on July 30. Joseph D. Cavazos was born in Burley, Idaho in 1921. Joe attended Bingham High School where he played on two winning teams that made school history by winning both baseball and football state championships in 1941. His greatest pride however was his service as a gunner’s mate in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his return home, Joe married Alice Elizondo, and together they raised three children. Joe was a hard-working man and meticulous craftsman who retired as a machinist from Varian EIMAC. In his younger years, Joe was an outdoorsman who loved deer hunting, fishing and target practice. After retirement in 1988, Joe would continue practicing his craft out of his shop by building or fixing anything that was brought to him. He was a man with a genuine respect for humanity who was always composed and loved to make others laugh. Until the very end, Joe carried himself with dignity and showed nothing but the utmost gratitude for those who cared for him by giving them a daily thumbs up. He passed away quietly in his home surrounded by family who adored and cared for him into his final days. We know that Al has her viejito with her and they are jitter bugging above us. For those who knew him, know that they’ll never see another like him. You were solid as gold, Joe.
Joe leaves behind his daughter Jody (Bryan) Cavazos Benns, his guardian angel Ashlee (Whitney) Benns; sons Dennis Cavazos, Dave Cavazos; daughter-in-law Pam Cavazos; grandchildren: Jeff, Shellie and Mark Cavazos; Kim (Josh) Haywood; Brett (Jamie) Cavazos; Evander Cavazos; great grandchildren Alaric, Josh, Pierre, Miles, Izac, Cali, McCoy, Jade, Messiyah, Jodeci, Michelle and Nathan.
Services will be held on Saturday, August 3 at Larkin Mortuary (2350 E 1300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84108) beginning at 1:30 pm. A remembrance will be held from 2 to 3 pm followed by a graveside burial with military honors.