Joseph John Visarraga

1947 ~ 2021

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother Joseph Visarraga passed away unexpectedly on December 25, 2021, due to complications from surgery. He was surrounded by his loving family. The pain of his loss in our hearts is deep.

He was born to Lucy Sanchez Visarraga and Abreliano Visarraga on October 27,1947 in Penasco, New Mexico.Joseph loved music and everyone loved his beautiful voice. He was in a band with his father and brothers for many years. He was also a Cantor for the Catholic Church for over 30 years.

Joseph is survived by his wife RoseEllen, two daughters, Jenifer (Nick), Jodi (Pete), one Granddaughter and his loving brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents and brother.

His family wishes to thank Huntsman Cancer Institute for the exceptional care they gave him over the years. If you would like an appropriate way to honor Joseph, please donate in his name to HCI, please visit

A private family mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 12 noon…. However all are welcome to watch the services virtually through Zoom using the following link:

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As a member of St. Patrics Parish, I can say we all enjoyed his singing for us at Sunday morning mass and for myself, at my mother's funeral celebration mass. I remembered he smiled when I asked him to sing Mananitas for her but said, "it would work".

- Guy Montoya

A really great person...Whatta good person...Condolences to his family and friends...May he rest in Peace...

- Everett Amador

Rosie and family. So very sorry to hear about Joseph. Our prayers are with you and all the family.

- Alice Romero

My previous condolences I was not thinking I wrote Lee, meaning to write Joe. RoseEllen please excuse my absent mind. My prayers are with you.

- Linda (Herrera) Martinez

RoseEllen & Family:
We just heard of Joe's passing & we are so very sorry. Please know that our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of Joe rest in eternal peace.

- Robert & Peggy Mena

Dearest Tio Joseph ~ Today you were laid to rest and our goodbyes from this mortal world were silenced. You'll forever live in our memories and heart, and you will not be forgotten. Rest in Paradise Tio ~ Tiamo mucho tambien!

- Paul & Lynda Lopez

My sincere condolences to RoseEllen, Jennifer & Jodi. May God bless him for all the good things he did for the Church. My love to all.
Fr. Silva

- Very Rev. Langes J. Silva, JCD

I am sorry for your loss my condolences to all the family , Joe Cider aha was a wonderful singer I enjoy listening to him at St Ann's and St Patrick's church , God Bless You All Amen

- caroline montoya

Rosie, Jenifer and Jodie our deepest condolences for your loss of your beloved Joseph. The Lord needed another Angel to lead the Choir so he called Joseph. RIP!

- Fidel and Kathy Salazar

RoseEllen I am truly sorry for your loss. Peace be with you. Love you
Billy & Jodi Key

- Jodi Key

Victor and I send our condolences on the passing of your husband, father and grandpa, Lee. Our prayers for your family.
Victor and Linda Martinez

- Linda (Herrera) Martinez

Gone from your site but not from your heart, take comfort in your precious memories.

- Richard and Linda Florreich

you and your family have my most sincere condolences for the loss of your dear husband in this realm. He has graduated and is now held by the only hands in heaven that have scars, Those are the hands of Our Savior Jesus Christ. Many fond memories of you RoseEllen in working for the State.

please feel free to contact me with anything you need. I am happy and honored to help.

- Wayne Higgs

It was with profound sorrow that we learned of Joe's passing and we send our heartfelt condolences to RoseEllen and the entire Vissaraga family. Joe was always very kind to us and generous with his time and talents. We were blessed to have known him. Now he is singing with the angels.
Roger, Shirley Mares and family

- Roger and Shirley Mares