He was born Feb. 18, 1953, in Casa Grande, Ariz. to Petra Lopez and Jose Maria Gonzalez. He was raised by the late Eugenio Sanchez.
Joe worked in Powell as a farm and ranch hand before moving to Rock Springs where he worked in the FMC mines for 20 years.
He finally settled in Florida where he was a self-employed handyman.
Joe lived life with passion and lots of laughter. He loved his family and always put others needs ahead of his.
He is survived by his wife Sharon of Florida; children Cindy Gonzalez (Oscar) of Colorado, Jose Gonzalez (Amanda) of Arkansas and Victoria Ortiz (Manuel) of Colorado; his mother, Petra Lopez of Ralston; brothers Paul Gonzalez of Mountain View, Victor Lopez of Powell, Alfonzo Lopez of Billings, Leonardo Sanchez (Sue) of Cody and Eddie Sanchez (Dawn) of Evanston; sisters Velicia McCullough (Doug) of Powell, Ayda Hamann (Tom) of Cody, Amalia Gould (Bill) of Powell and Dora Sanchez of Cody; 10 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and services will be held later this summer.