Jose Alonzo Cisneros


Our pool shark has pocketed his last bank shot…

Jose Alonzo Cisneros died at home surrounding by loved ones. Though medical issues associated to partial paralysis ultimately overcame Jose, he bravely and valiantly fought all that life had thrown at him for over 34 years, never losing his strong zest for life.  Jose left us joking and never losing his strong spirit.

Jose was born Dec. 1, 1939, to Candido Armenio Sisneros and Lucia Maria Archuleta in San Antonio, Colo.  He was the 3rd of 14 children.  Jose graduated from Antonito High School in 1957. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 4 years.  In 1962, Jose joined the United States Army, and received his basic training at Fort Carson, Colo. He was then stationed in Pirmasens, Germany at Husterhoeh Kaserne Military Base during the Vietnam Conflict.  He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1965.  Jose then worked at the Tooele Army Depot in Tooele, Utah, for 5 years. Jose went on to work for the Federal Aviation Administration for 35 years until his retirement in 2005.

Jose met his true love of his life, Cora Helen Ruybal and eventually married on Dec. 31, 1965. They’ve shared over 58 years of marriage together.  Where one went, they both went.

Together, they’ve had 4 children; Janice (Mike) Dotson, Joseph (Lisa) Cisneros, Denise (Sammy) Montoya, and Amanda Cisneros.  Jose was the proud grandfather of 11, and great-grandfather of nine.  He loved being surrounded by all his grandchildren and was usually seen giving them rides on his wheelchair. They especially liked his tires that would light up when in motion. He made sure to always tell each and every one of them that he “Loved Them” before they departed.

On Nov. 6, 1989, Jose’s (and his entire family’s) world changed when he was involved in an auto accident at Cerro Summit, Colo.  As a result of the accident, Jose was partially paralyzed, and would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.  He endured over a month in the ICU at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., then was medically flown to the University of Utah Hospital where he was in various stages of Rehab for over 3 months.  He ultimately returned to work for another 15 years.  Jose never let his confinement in a wheelchair limit his life.  He was always there for weddings, family reunions, parties, traveling, Disneyworld, holiday events, his grandchildren’s games, and recitals, etc. 

Jose is survived by his loving wife Cora, his four children, son in laws, daughter in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren: siblings Lorraine Casias, Aggie Ypina, Adrian Sisneros, Joseph Sisneros, and many sisters in laws, brother in laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. Preceded in death by his parents; Candido Armenio and Lucia Marie, brothers; Rubel, Enrique, Gildo, Lawrence, Larry, Marvin, sisters; Donilia, Placidita, Filadelpha, as well as Cora’s parents, Jose Hilario Ruybal and Eloisa V. Ruybal.

Please join us on (date) at McDougal Funeral Home in the chapel (4330 S. Redwood Rd.) from (time) for Jose’s viewing followed by a Rosary Service at (time).  Mass will be on (date) at (time) at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church (4914 S. 2200 West, Taylorsville, UT) on (date) at (time) followed by burial at the Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park located at Camp Williams, (17111 1700 West, Bluffdale, UT). Luncheon will follow at St. Martin de Porres Church.

The family would like to thank the staff at the VA Hospital, who took care of Jose for many years, his children, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and his grandchildren that were there to help Grandma and Grandpa. We’d especially like to thank Cora Cisneros, who dedicated her life to being Jose’s wife, best friend, travel buddy, partner in mischief, and his primary caretaker.  Without her loving and attentive care, Jose’s quality and longevity of life would most definitely have been greatly reduced. 

Jose was a truly amazing man that was loved and respected by many and will be greatly missed.

We love you Dad…