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Joseph Garcia

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His beautiful spirit lives on...

My beautiful boy was full of LIFE, LOVE, JOY and CREATIVITY. His gentle smile and charismatic personality drew people to him like a magnet. Always rooting for the underdog, Joseph never liked to see people treated unjustly, nor bullied. He didn’t see your outward beauty, but your inner beauty. His group of friends come in all ages, shapes, sizes and colors. A testament to his ability to see beyond the flesh, but to see the soul of others, and they are all wonderful people. As a mother, that one characteristic makes me the most proud. I often referred to him as my unicorn. I knew how wonderfully special he was and felt that way in his presence. Joseph’s beautiful spirit lives on through the gifts he has donated, and I hope those recipients sprinkle a bit of his magic to others as they live their lives.

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  1. March 4th, 2024 | Mom |

    Third anniversary approaches yet little has changed. I guess there was a part of me that thought it would be easier as the years passed. Every year I am proven wrong. The memory of that day cuts deeper than ever before.

  2. February 13th, 2024 | Mom |

    A love letter to you. Happy Valentine’s Day to my last love!

  3. December 30th, 2023 | Mom |

    Another year is passing. I miss you just as much. Love you just as hard.

  4. December 6th, 2023 | Mom |

    You are everywhere and everything.

  5. October 21st, 2023 | Mom |

    Buster passed. I know you know and how lucky you are to have each other.

  6. October 8th, 2023 | Mom |


  7. October 8th, 2023 | Mom |

    Missing you ever. Single. Day

  8. September 22nd, 2023 | Mom |

    Hello my Love. Today was harder than most. I spoke to you aloud to tell you how much I miss you talking to you. How was your day? Did you work? Did you eat? What did you eat? When daddy got home, we took Buster out for a walk and pick up the mail. I received a package from Christian. In it, was a birthday card dedicated to your 21st birthday and a picture of him, Joshua and you. It was taken the day you all moved in together. What a beautiful gift he gave me. Such a special memory. I thanked him and sent my love. I love you and miss you something fierce and so does everyone else.

  9. August 2nd, 2023 | Mom |

    I can’t wait to see you again my beautiful boy.

  10. July 12th, 2023 | Mom |

    Missing you and asking such a simple question. “How was your day?”

  11. June 29th, 2023 | Mom |

    Where are you my beautiful boy? I look for you everywhere. Every day. It’s such a lonely road without you.

  12. April 7th, 2023 | Mom |

    The void your presence has left is deeper than you could have ever imagined.

  13. March 30th, 2023 | Mom |

    You and I.

  14. March 30th, 2023 | Mom |

    I know you.

  15. March 15th, 2023 | Mom |

    You give me hope.

  16. March 9th, 2023 | Mom |

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO PAPA!! I know y'all are celebrating BIG up there!! I love you and miss you both so very much!!!

  17. March 3rd, 2023 | Mom |

    Thinking of you extra, extra, extra right now. Papa's birthday is coming up soon. How will y'all celebrate? BIG I HOPE!! I'll be looking for you both in the stars. I love you and miss you so very, very much!!!

  18. February 23rd, 2023 | Mom |

    Hi my beautiful boy! Still here! We will be visiting home soon. We miss everyone so much, but mostly they help me feel closer to you somehow. I miss you and I love you so very, very much. Oh therapy is going very well :)

  19. February 16th, 2023 | Mom |

    Hello my handsome Prince! I miss you so much!! Grandma is on her cruise, and daddy and are planning a trip to the Midwest soon! Thank you for being my perfect match. I could not have gotten through those early years without you. Thank you for your patience with me and for loving me in only the way YOU can.

  20. February 7th, 2023 | Mom |

    Just staring at your picture. I love your beautiful smile.

  21. February 2nd, 2023 | Mom |

    I don't know why I get anxious about checking this page. I feel anxious, as if there might one day be a response from you. As if I'm anticipating you to write back. That's the kind of excitement I check this page with, and then still surprisingly enough, I get disappointed only to find the last message was left by me :( On a good day, I'd like to think you are reading all of this and want to respond but can't. So I will continue to leave messages, just in case. I love you always and forever my beautiful Boy!

  22. January 23rd, 2023 | Mom |

    To you my ❤️

  23. January 23rd, 2023 | Mom |

    Think of you

  24. January 18th, 2023 | Mom |

    Hi my beautiful boy. Got my hair cut yesterday. It's been a while, and I needed a change. I was remembering how particular you were when it came down to getting your hair cut and styled. If you could have done it yourself, you would have. That's what I was doing for the last 3 years. But I broke down, and finally had a professional cut it. Long story short, should have just cut it myself. Thinking of you always, seeing you in everything I say and do. Missing you something fierce. I LOVE YOU BIG.

  25. January 10th, 2023 | Mom |

    "A sweet forgiveness, shinning light Lift the darkness from our night, Help us find the strength to say, There will be a better day" ~ Beth Neilson Chapman, Darrell Brown

  26. January 10th, 2023 | Mom |

    Heaven is not so far from here.

  27. January 3rd, 2023 | Mom |

    Happy New Year my beautiful boy.

  28. December 21st, 2022 | Mom |

    "All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost." - J.R.R. Tolkien

  29. December 13th, 2022 | Mom |

    Across the universe.

  30. December 7th, 2022 | Mom |

    Your loss is immeasurable

  31. December 5th, 2022 | Mom |

    Hi my Love. Auntie's birthday was yesterday, grandma's today and baby Ethan was born today too! Lots of birthdays this week. Thinking of the day you were born. You were so calm, quiet, sleepy and just taking it all in. You were the easiest baby! Slept almost immediately through the night and showed me your wonderful sense of humor very early on. I love you and miss you so very much!

  32. December 1st, 2022 | Mom |

    The thought of you with Papa, Nana, great papa and all of those that we miss and love gives me some Peace.

  33. November 29th, 2022 | Mom |

    Good morning my beautiful boy! Listening to some Shania Twain, your "traveling music" this makes my heart smile! Remembering your smile, makes me smile, also cry but that's the new normal. Crying and smiling at your jokes, funny comments, those crazy reels on IG. I love you! I miss you!!

  34. November 23rd, 2022 | Mom |

    Every day 😔

  35. November 22nd, 2022 | Mom |

    All moved in. There is a place for your things, as you are always with me. Daddy and I are on the hunt for a Christmas tree you would be proud of, big and fluffy! There is a hiking trail right outside our house. Walking clears my head and it's a good time to talk to you about my day and hear your voice in the breeze. I love you my beautiful boy!!

  36. November 15th, 2022 | Mom |

    Lift me up Hold me down Keep me close Safe and sound Burning in a hopeless dream Hold me when you go to sleep Keep me in the warmth of your love When you depart keep me safe Safe and sound........ Drowning in an endless sea Take some time to and stay with me Keep me in the strength of your arms Keep me safe Safe and sound......... Written by: Ludwid Goransson, Priscilla Renea, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Ryan Coogler, Temilade Openiyi

    • November 23rd, 2022 | Mom |

      Missing you 😔

    • November 23rd, 2022 | Mom |

      Every day 😔

  37. November 9th, 2022 | Mom |

    Hi my beautiful boy. We are moving soon. Daddy will be closer to work. Weather is changing, getting colder and rainy. Grandma is teaching again. Buster is sporting his winter jacket and he looks so cute. I miss you so very, very much. Today is heavy but tomorrow might not be. I love you!!

  38. November 3rd, 2022 | Mom |

    Added you to the Ofrenda 😓💔

  39. October 28th, 2022 | Mom |

    Happy Friday my beautiful boy! Today and every day, missing you and thinking of you! I LOVE YOU!

  40. October 21st, 2022 | Mom |

    I’m going to try this again.

  41. October 21st, 2022 | Anonymous |

    Saw this beautiful, majestic creature and thought of you! Miss you 😢 so very much! I love you beyond measure!

  42. October 20th, 2022 | Mom |

    Hey there my beautiful boy! Thinking of you and missing you SO VERY MUCH!

  43. October 13th, 2022 | Jessica Guevara |

    Joseph, I was in Northern California with your other Aunties visiting your mommy for her birthday this past weekend, and as we were driving around downtown San Jose attempting to find our exit, we saw a red 1985 Honda Prelude; just like the one you had. Imagine that...we all definitely felt your presence and vibe. I miss you everyday my angel!!! Love you forever and always!! Auntie Jess

    • October 14th, 2022 | Mom |

      Sissy, honestly, this was a magical experience. I don't have a better work for how this made me feel! And we all felt it!! It is message like these that convince me he is always with us! Always!

  44. October 13th, 2022 | Mom |

    I was talking to your dads yesterday and we were remembering the YouTube video, "A day at the Park!" So funny and we could not stop laughing! I love remembering you this way! Your laugh was soooo contagious and I miss it so much! Loving you forever my baby boy!!

  45. October 4th, 2022 | Mom |

    Another trip around the sun for me. So much love pouring over me from family and friends, all the well wishes and support. It's beautiful to feel! Nothing lessens the pain of your absence. Nothing. I can't even escape it in my dreams of you because I somehow still remind myself you are gone. Also, Jackie crossed the rainbow bridge. I'm sure you know, he's with you now. Missing you, always my beautiful boy!! Love you so very much!

  46. September 28th, 2022 | Mom |

    Happy National Son’s Day my precious boy. Loving you always and forever ♾

  47. September 22nd, 2022 | Dad |

    Son, You have been the shinning light in my life. You’ve been an inspiration for me with your courage, bravery and love. Everything you did, you did with a full heart. Now, you’ll continue to help so many people fulfill their dreams and goals. You will always live on in this world, spreading your positivity and love forever. I can’t wait to see you again, I love you always and forever Son. You know this is my favorite picture of us. Watching you run on the beach with your cousin and enjoying the ocean always puts a smile on my face. Knots-Scary Farm was an awesome time for you and although I won’t attend this year, know that we’ll plan for next year. I Love you Always and Forever Son ♾❤️♾❤️♾❤️♾

  48. September 22nd, 2022 | Jojo’s Mom |

    I'm trying baby. I really am trying. Some days are hard, others impossible and in between there are moments of peace and I can feel your presence. That's what keeps me going. I love you my beautiful boy..

  49. September 22nd, 2022 | Jojo’s Mom |

    First day of Fall. One of many without you ❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹🥺😢

  50. September 21st, 2022 | Anonymous |

    Hi my Love! Just sharing baby pics with your aunts and uncles. Of course, you are the absolute cutest ever!! Daniel is walking now and getting around fast! Miss you. Love ❤️ you so very much ❤️‍🩹🥹

  51. September 19th, 2022 | Anonymous |

    Took this picture right after I talked to you. Daddy and I were in NYC and we had just left the Guggenheim. You couldn’t wait to visit with us again. I remember how certain you were that you would love New York and the energetic vibe here. ❤️‍🩹🥺

  52. September 19th, 2022 | Jojo’s Mom |

    Rainy days and Mondays........ Thinking of you. Always. I love you my beautiful boy.

  53. September 17th, 2022 | Mary Alice Contreras |

    I remember the clavado you did and how fearless you were but how terrified I was.

    • September 19th, 2022 | Jojo’s Mom |

      Awww Nina! That's such a great shot of mijo! The look on his face says it all!! Exhilaration and fearlessness is what this photo has captured. Thank you for sharing. xoxoxo

  54. September 17th, 2022 | Mary Alice Contreras |

    Ay papito, I saw you in the video of your 19th birthday party the other day and it brought me to tears seeing you and hearing your voice with such happiness on getting the ipod from uncle Fern. The sadness all comes back every time I see a memory of you but I know that you are an angel still doing your magic here. You befriended the underdog and I really feel that you are still helping those in need maybe by sending them signs, whether it's a ray of sunshine or a mere suggestion giving them hope. Maybe that's why your grandpa left when he did, to be there when you arrived. Joseph, your are an angel and you did great things and I know that you are still doing great things. I love you and miss you. Rest up beautiful boy. Your auntie MAC

    • September 19th, 2022 | Jojo’s Mom |

      Nina, I can't tell you how many times I watch that video. Sending big hugs, love you very much.

  55. September 17th, 2022 | Jojo’s Mom |

    Good morning my beautiful boy. Sunny today. A cool 64 degrees, but sunny. Thinking of how the sun is kissing your face and missing you 😔 so very much.

  56. September 15th, 2022 | Grandma Bonnie |

    Teaching you to make brownies and you so attentive! I miss you like the dickens! God bless you ! I love you my beautiful boy.

    • September 16th, 2022 | Jojo’s Mom |

      I remember this! We had fun baking and Joseph had fun learning but mostly eating all the goodies after. He's looking at you so attentively xoxoxo.

  57. September 15th, 2022 | Jojo’s Mom |

    Hi my Love. End of the day and I'm listening to Christmas music. I know, I know. But it's jazzy so....not like full on Bing Crosby. You always thought that jazz music reminded you of Christmas, me too! I remember when we laughed about that. Miss you, love you so very much!!

  58. September 13th, 2022 | Jessica Guevara |

    Jojo, Thank you for joining me at the Duran Duran Concert. I definitely felt your presence. I had the best time with you there along side me singing to "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Save A Prayer". Until next time my Angel! Although you are gone, you will never be forgotten!!! Love you, Auntie Jess

  59. September 13th, 2022 | Jojo’s Mom |

    Hi Baby! Good morning! Woke up this morning to 64 degrees, can you believe it!? Buster will need his sweater soon but it's a welcome break from last weeks heatwave. Stores are starting to stock apple cyder, your favorite. I would buy that by the gallon so you could always have some and get the fall-feels even in AZ. I'll pick some up over the weekend for us. Miss you and love you like crazy by baby boy!! xoxoxo

  60. September 12th, 2022 | Uncle Fernie Alaniz |

    Dear Joseph, I make it a point to seize each day, hearing your voice and sensing your smile as I close my eyes in remembrance. I also know that you live on in all of our hearts and forever in our souls. Fortunately, I have many memories and look upon you often in photo memories. Thank you, mijo, for blessing me with your love and I miss you with all my heart. With love, always, Uncle Fernie ❤️

  61. September 12th, 2022 | Alexis |

    It’ll never make sense. I still don’t know the right words to say to your parents, grandma and auntie because it’s hard to grasp that you’re gone. I’m reminded that the brightest stars often burn out the fastest. You’re spirit… it was the brightest. We all felt it and saw it. Sweet boy, you will forever be missed…and you’ll be my reminder to soak it all up! Xoxo Auntie Lex

  62. September 12th, 2022 | Joni’s Mom |

    Hi my beautiful boy! Monday, again. The weather is changing and fall is fast approaching. I look forward to cooler days and think of how you would have loved the fall up here. Where you could wear your sweatshirts all day! I have this jacket and wear it often. Some days I just press my face against it to smell you. I miss you my love ❤️‍🩹😪

    • September 12th, 2022 | Anonymous |

      I don't know who Joni's mom is. Typo. Above message is from Jojo's Mom

  63. September 10th, 2022 | Jessica Guevara |

    JoJo, you would have been an amazing Uncle to Daniel. I’m saddened that He will not have the opportunity to know how great you were. Your legacy will live on forever! I will make sure to let him know how heroic you were! WE love you my ANGEL 😘

  64. September 10th, 2022 | Sienna Guevara |

    Joseph my amazing cousin, there’s a lot i wanna say, you are my hero, you were there for me through every step of my life. you taught me so much. you always brought me happiness. All those years we spent together playing games and drawing and being stupid, i’ll never forget that. You have always been a big brother to me, you and Josh. You have always been my biggest inspiration. Without you, I wouldn’t have been the person i became today. I remember all those times you picked me up from school and we hung out all day shopping and driving around blasting music. The jokes we had will always make me happy. I come to you whenever i need you. I talk to you every night and day when i’m struggling or needing your spirit. Joseph, you were that one cousin i looked forward to seeing every time i knew i was gonna see you, i always asked “when am i gonna see Jospeh, or is he gonna be there” kinda stuff. You were that one i was happy to see, every time. I hope you know how much you mean to me and how much I miss you. You are my best friend, brother, and cousin, and always will be. I won’t ever forget our memories we had and the things we did together. Joseph, I will never forget you, you are my angel, i miss you dearly.. so dearly. I can’t wait to see you again my angel. I love you with all my heart ❤️‍🩹 -Love your little cuz, Sienna.

  65. September 9th, 2022 | Jessica Guevara |

    Joseph my sweet nephew, I have so much to say, but can’t seem to muster up words without tears streaming down my face, as they are now. So I’m gonna keep it simple. I miss you something fierce everyday. You were always an incredible presence in my home. I loved how you and your cousins interacted with each other and how you looked after Sienna. You took such great care of her and Josh. You will forever be my Hero!!! Fly High my Angel! Love you always and forever, Auntie Jess

  66. September 9th, 2022 | Jojo’s Mom |

    As I'm reading other's stories and messages, I'm finding comfort in this space. A place where I can tell you about my day or that i just miss and love you so very much my baby boy.


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