Joe M. Lovato

Joe M. Lovato passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Globe, Az. He was born on Feb. 20, 1944, in Miami, Az. He was an Army veteran, having proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. A lifelong resident of Globe/Miami, he spent most of his adult life working at Pinto Valley Mines as a heavy-duty mechanic.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 55 years, Mary Ellen Lovato, his three sons Tom (Tina), Eric (Lizzett) and Tim, five grandchildren (Joseph, Janessa, Jaden, Gabrielle and Sienna), three great-grandchildren (Asher, Penelope and Hadleigh), brothers Paul and Larry, sisters Olga, Yolanda and Nancy, and countless cousins, nieces, nephews and life-long friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Pete and Genevieve Lovato, brother Freddy Lovato and infant daughter Yvette.

Joe ‘Chuco’ loved camping in the White Mountains, attending car shows, a spicy red-chili burro and watching Westerns. Wearing his signature dark shades, Joe could regularly be seen cruising the streets of Globe and Miami. An avid mechanic and handyman, he was always willing to lend a hand to fix a car or help a friend tackle a household project. He was an engaging storyteller best known for sharing stories of his youth. His quick wit and keen sense of humor will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Cremation services have been entrusted to Queen of Heaven Catholic Funeral Home. In honor of Joe’s final wishes, a private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Tom, Eric and Tim ask that you plan a family camping trip or attend a car show in their father’s honor. Life is short; hug the ones you love and enjoy the life you’re gifted.

Dad, you will be greatly missed --- see you at the big car show in the sky.


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