Joseph Charles Atencio, 65

Alamosa resident Joseph Charles Atencio, 65, died March 28, 2017 at his home in Alamosa.

Joseph was born in Montebello, California to Samuel and Marie G. Atencio.  He worked for several years as a volunteer through Peace Corps and was stationed in Mauritania, Africa.  Following his time in Africa, Joseph moved to the San Luis Valley where he could continue his efforts in volunteering through La Puente with the Food Bank and the Community Garden. 

Joseph loved to read and enjoyed learning about history and culture.  In his spare time he liked to play guitar.  He was very proud of his membership in Shotokan Karate of America. He had a warm and friendly, disarming, genuine personality easily recognized by people he met, especially children, who knew him as one of their own. One of the many volunteers he worked with and mentored through La Puente, on hearing of his passing said, “One of the kindest, most generous, thoughtful people I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. Quirky as heck to add along to it. You’ll be missed, Joe. I know there’s plenty of spirit animals ready to watch down on us in your stead.”

He is survived by his brother Leonard (Angela) Atencio of Alhambra, CA; his sister-in-law Myrna Atencio of Whittier, CA; his nephews Ryan, Sam, Nicholas, David and Adam Atencio.

Joseph is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Leo Atencio.

Cremation was chosen and a Celebration of Life Service will be held by his family at a later date.  Contributions in his memory are suggested to La Puente, 913 State Ave., Alamosa, CO 81101. 

Rogers Family Mortuary of Alamosa is in care of the arrangements.  Online condolences, tributes and remarks may be made for Joseph’s family by visiting