Joseph J Zavala
Joseph J Zavala

October 14, 1959 - September 27, 2018
Born in Tempe, Arizona
Resided in Chandler, Arizona
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Joe was born on October 14, 1959 in Tempe, Arizona to Frank and Anita Zavala. The youngest of six children, Joe was born with Craniosynostosis and not expected to live to adulthood. With prayer and love from his family, he survived and lived his life to the fullest.

Joe was adventurous and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed four wheeling, fishing, camping, hunting and Sports. He cheered on the hometown teams unless his beloved Raiders were in town. He was funny and enjoyed entertaining those around him. He loved to laugh and loved to make people laugh. There was never a dull moment when he was around.

He loved his wife and family with everything in him. He was a dedicated employee and loved his brothers and sisters of the Local Union Pipefitters #469.

He is survived by his Wife Nancy S. Zavala, his brothers: Frank Zavala (Brenda) and Ray Zavala (Kathy), sisters: Theresa Zavala, Patricia Gallegos (Larry) and Mary Lou Zavala, His New York family: Linda (John) DuFour, Randy Swearengen, Peggy (Rich) Winstanley and 50 nieces and nephews.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Anita Zavala, two great nephews Jordan and Nathan and Niece Kassee Zavala-Barnett.

A visitation will be held on Thursday October 11, 2018 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm with a rosary at 7:00pm at Queen of Heaven Catholic Funeral Home, 1562 E Baseline Rd. Mesa, AZ 85204. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday October 12, 2018 at 11:00am at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 141 N. McDonald, Mesa, AZ 85201.

Reception following Mass, UN Local 469, 3109 N 24th St. Phoenix, AZ 85016.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Joe’s honor to one of the following organizations.

Arizona Animal Welfare League

Alzheimer's Association




Queen of Heaven Catholic Funeral Home
1562 E. Baseline Rd.
Mesa, AZ Maricopa 85204
Thursday, October 11, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Queen of Heaven Catholic Funeral Home
1562 E. Baseline Rd.
Mesa, AZ Maricopa 85204
Thursday, October 11, 2018
7:00 PM
Queen of Peace Catholic Church
141 N Macdonald St
Mesa, AZ 85201
Friday, October 12, 2018
11:00 AM


Arizona Animal Welfare League