March 11, 1934 - November 9, 2015
Joe Maltos, formerly of Granger and Sunnyside Washington, died November 9, 2015 in Tucson after a long illness. Survived by wife Jill, children Tina Maltos Ashlock (Larry) of Kennewick, Joseph Maltos (Amanda) of Tucson, Hope Maltos James (Kim) of Tucson, Stephen Maltos (Gracie) of Sunnyside, and Megan Maltos of Tucson, 9 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, brothers Larry of Kennewick and Jess of Yakima, sisters Mary Mora of Granger and Rose Wohlhuter of Federal Way, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents, brother Eron Maltos, sister Matilda Gonzales, and his beloved daughter Faith and granddaughter Joey Rae.
Born in Edinburg, Texas to migrant farm worker parents, they eventually settled in Granger, Washington. He was a graduate of the 1953 class of Granger High School, attended Yakima Valley College, and was an Army veteran. He worked for Herrett Trucking Company, and the Toppenish Health Center before moving to Tucson where he was the Executive Director of El Rio Health Center. He also worked at Regional Center of the East Bay and Tobinworld in California and currently was a corporate partner of Danswest Dance in Tucson.
Joe loved sports and played basketball and football during high school. He had a great sense of humor, made the best salsa and could make everything grow in the garden. But most of all he loved his family; nothing was more important. He taught us about the value of hard work and of courage, strength and perseverance in the face of illness and adversity, but most of all he taught us to love unconditionally.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, or the American Diabetes Association.