Joe Mestas


On November 9th, 2021 Joe Mestas was welcomed home by Our Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus Christ.

Joe was born to Piedad and Max Mestas on December 28th, 1948 in Del Norte, CO. He grew up as the youngest of 6 children alongside Emma, Max, Eva, Luis and Lorraine. As a young man, he proudly served as a Marine in the U.S. military.

In March of 1971, Joe was married to Loretta and later became the proud father of Brian, Lori Jo (Tony) and Erik (Shannon). His absolute pride and joy came from being the humorous and often instigating grandpa to nine adoring grandchildren. In addition, his life was enriched with cousins, nieces, nephews, and far too many friends to individually recognize. 

Throughout his life, Joe was known as a “jack of all trades”. He loved to “tinker” and rarely found a machine or project that his hard-working hands couldn’t fix. He owned a solar & adobe business, worked in construction, and served the public as a county commissioner, mayor and contributor to various boards and committees. Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus and had an unwavering devotion to his Catholic faith. 

Joe was kindhearted and without exception treated strangers like family. Those who knew him, will remember that he forever had a thoughtful word and an entertaining story. Joe was rarely seen without a cup of coffee in his hand, a smile on his face and his best friends Whispy & Chispa by his side. He happily shared his knowledge and wisdom with an endless number of people, who came from all walks of life. He was known to generously extend a helping hand to anyone, without the expectation of getting anything in return. Joe had a brilliant mind, a heart of gold and spoke with conviction.

Joe was admired and respected for his integrity and humble nature; he was cherished for his wit and humorous personality. He will forever be remembered as a man of God and missed beyond all measure.

Services to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church in Manassa, CO as follows:

Rosary - Friday November 19th at 5:00 pm

Funeral – Saturday November 20th @ 10:00 am

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