Joe Calderon
Sargent Major - Army

Joseph R. "Joe" Calderon of Tucson, Arizona passed away at his home on April 15, 2022 at the age of 83 with his family by his side. 


He was born and raised in Tucson to Joaquin and Fidelia (Ramirez) Calderon. At a very young age he learned about hard work, dedication, and family. These ideals would see him through an amazing and worthwhile life. 


Joe served his country in the United States Army in a Missile Battalion on the East Coast during the Cold War. He graduated from Pima College, went through an apprenticeship in the Arizona Pipe Trades and became an industrial pipefitter and lifetime loyal member of Local Unions #741 and #469. Later in life he had the pleasure of working for the city of Tucson. 


Beyond his professional accomplishments there were always more projects at home, ideas to share, or more importantly, people to help. But the things he never forgot were his friends and family, and his greatest impact was on all of us. This nature he inherited from his parents; remember your community and your duty to those around you. Even at home, we can all recall the tireless man working on something on the car or house. His family was very important and very special to him, and the love and wellbeing for his family and proudness he felt for them. His faith in God was strong and important to him till the very end. 


Joe leaves his wife, Nohemi, best friend and soulmate of 58 years of marriage, sister Josephine "Fina” Rosas, sons Jose (Pam), Ron (Alma), daughters Lillian (Andrew) and Cecilia (Albert), grandsons Anthony (Savannah), Matthew (Blanca), Calvin, granddaughters Bryanna (Jesse) and Esperanza (Rodney), great grandson Jesse, and many nieces and nephews.


He is also preceded in death by his brothers John and Jake, sisters Rita, Lillian, Theresa, and Mary.