Joseph Nicolas Galvan

Coronado resident, Joseph Nicolas Galvan, passed away on Oct. 1, 2021 at the age 93. He passed peacefully, early in the morning, in his sleep.

Joe was born on Sept. 10, 1928, and grew up in San Bernardino, California.

Joe wed Jennie Ontiveros on Oct. 10, 1949. Joe and Jennie started a family and Joe began his career in military aerospace at Norton Air Force Base working on the USA’s first operational ICBM, the Atlas missile. 

In 1967, Joe transferred to the Naval Air Rework Facility at North Island where he applied his technical expertise to the repair and maintenance of Navy aircraft, including the F4 Phantom and E2 Hawkeye. Soon after his transfer, he and Jennie relocated their young family to Coronado where they raised their six children.

Joe was a devoted family man, providing help and guidance to his children and grandchildren. Joe was also devoted to community, spending Sundays ushering at Sacred Heart Church and, as an active member of the Knights of Columbus, he participated in fund raising events and building homes for the less fortunate in Tijuana. 

He is preceded in death by his wife Jennie; his son Steven; his parents Abraham and Dolores Galvan; and siblings Antonia, Trinidad, Virginia, David, and Mary. Joe is survived by his daughters Jo Anne (Darrin), Sandra (Manny), and Sylvia (Dwain) and sons Joe ‘Gary’ (Julie) and James; grandchildren Denise (Kevin), Roberto (Stephanie), Nick (Ana), Marty, Mark, Tara, Corbin, Mirabella, and Isabelle; and great-grandchildren Sofia, Cora, Zachariah, Lupe, Jose, Abel, Bobby, Bowen, Reina, Kairi, Selah, Aiden, Eli, Evelyn, Azalia, Atticus, Gideon, and Azaiah.

A Funeral Mass honoring Joe will be held on Friday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 655 C Avenue, Coronado. All who know the Galvan family are invited to attend.

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