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Dolores Jose “Joe” Rodriquez


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Dolores Jose “Joe” Rodriquez, 79, died Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell, NM following a long and courageous physical battle. A viewing will be held at Anderson-Bethany Funeral home, Friday, June 9, 2017 from 4 -8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 501 N. Sycamore Ave., Roswell, N.M. 88201.
Joe was born to Manuela Cervantes Rodriquez and Dolores Rodriquez in Alpine, Texas on September 11, 1937. Through his high school years Joe played football and ran track for the Artesia Bulldogs. He graduated from Artesia High School in 1957. He and his wife Delfina were married in Pecos, Texas, July 10, 1957. In July they would have celebrated 60 years of marriage. They raised their family in Artesia, NM until moving to Roswell in 1972. Joe worked as an Artesia Police Officer for a few years before becoming a cross country truck driver. He was known as “Rod” to his many friends and co-workers. Joe truly loved his career driving a truck. While driving for Groendyke Transport, he became a member of the Groendyke “President’s Club” as a Million Mile driver, being the first recipient at the Artesia terminal to receive this award. Joe received this award multiple times throughout his trucking-driving career; he retired from Groendyke Transport after 30 years of service. He had a great love for animals and after his retirement he enjoyed spending time on his land feeding his chickens and tending to his trees.
He leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Delfina Lugo Rodriquez. Also surviving him are four sons; Joe Rodriquez, and wife Cheryl of Albuquerque NM, Charlie Rodriquez, and wife Cindy of Surprise, Arizona, Rocky Rodriquez, and wife Penny of Roswell, NM, and Otis Rodriquez, and fiancée Tamera Mendoza of Roswell NM. He was blessed with 11 grandchildren; Monica LaMon, and husband Adrian of Surprise, Arizona, Charlie Rodriquez Jr, of Surprise, Arizona, Rocky Rodriquez Jr, and wife Andrea of Roswell, NM, Allen Rodriquez, of Surprise, Arizona, Ryan Rodriquez, and wife Lindsay, of Lubbock, Texas, Sean Rodriquez of Albuquerque, NM, Cynthia Abad, and husband Elgin, of Avondale, Arizona, Melanie Rodriquez, of Albuquerque NM, Randy Rodriquez, and wife Lauren of Roswell, NM, Samantha Rodriquez of Fullerton, California, and Dominick Rodriquez of Long Beach, California. Joe was also blessed with nine great-grandchildren, Maija Rodriquez, Jared Morales, Haylie Rodriquez, Rebecca Rodriquez, Derrick Rodriquez, Lynnessa LaMon, Xander LaMon, Rowan Rodriquez, and Ryder Rodriquez and great-great-granddaughter Alayna Cook. He also leaves two sisters, Arlene Martinez and husband Zeke of Lubbock, Texas, and Linda Garza and husband Jesse of Roswell, NM and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe is preceded in death by his mother, Manuela Cervantes Rodriquez, his father, Dolores Rodriquez, infant son Atilano Rodriquez, and brother, Johnny Rodriquez.