Our most loved, Joseph Manuel Sandoval Jr. (Jo-Jo, Yo-Yo, Bro-Bro, Joe-Boy), passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2024, in Ely, Nevada. In a good life, full of love, death always arrives “too soon”; but Joseph has gone much too soon, leaving all those who know and love him wishing for more time.
Joseph was born November 17, 1991, in Henderson, Nevada to Joe and Jody Sandoval, bringing up the rear of his siblings and forever earning him the title of “baby brother”. Joseph was his mom’s everything; they had an incredibly special bond and were inseparable. He completed our family and was the most perfect, sweetest, and cutest baby who has ever been born. He spent a lot of time being doted on and hanging on his sister’s and brothers’ hips, which is likely how he developed his intelligence, charm, charisma, style, humor, stellar dance moves, athletic abilities, confidence, and competitiveness. For purposes of this obituary and as a final act of compassion and mercy towards our baby brother, the surviving siblings have agreed to publicly admit that he may be the most handsome of us.
When Joseph was 2, he met his best friend and “Poppa”, Joe Gallegos. Poppa was the best dad and mentor a boy could dream of. If Joe-Boy wasn’t boxing, playing football, attached to his Mack-a-Doo at Aunt Carmen’s and Uncle Bobby’s house, or hanging out with mom at the bail bonds office, he was on a concrete job with his Poppa and Uncle Ronald. While Joseph thought he was just going along to play in the dirt and build things with cool tools, his Poppa was teaching him skills that would come to be his lifelong trade.
Joseph moved to Ely, Nevada in 2004. He attended White Pine Middle School and White Pine High School, quickly making copious friends, most notably the “Broskis”, who have since become his “Familia”. He looked forward to softball season, trips, concerts, watching games, laughing, and having a good time with friends. Joseph was very sociable; he could and would talk to anyone and everyone. Though you hear some people referred to as being “Larger than Life”, Joseph really was the epitome of that sentiment. His presence, his light and his passion could hardly be contained (which may have gotten him into trouble a time or two). He laughed, smiled, danced, and loved with his whole heart. He was a magnet that drew people to him. If you knew him, you loved him.
Joseph was a very proud uncle. All of his nieces and nephews adored him, and he told each of them they were his favorite. He was always there to support them, listen to them, cheer for them, defend them, guide them, and love them. He loved being an uncle and played a paramount role in their lives.
Joseph’s adult life was largely defined by old, classic cars and trucks, his motorcycle, watching his nieces and nephews play sports, family BBQs at the warehouse, playing basketball, watching fights, and betting on games at his favorite local sports bar, always with his favorite people. In 2017 he met Nancy Gonzalez, who quickly claimed the title of his favorite person.
Nancy and Joseph were an iconic couple. He was her king, and she was his queen; having matching tattoos on their ring fingers to symbolize this eternal commitment and promise they made to each other. Joseph knew immediately she was the one, immersing himself in her family and absorbing her into ours. Nancy made Joseph happy, whole, and complete. Together, they achieved many dreams; owning more cars and trucks than most people do in a lifetime, buying two houses, and fulfilling their biggest dream of becoming parents.
Khaleesi Nenetli Sandoval was born December 27, 2019, and immediately snatched the title of Joseph’s favorite person. She was his light and his reason for everything. Everything was Khaleesi, Queen of Dragons, their miracle baby. Joseph loved his daughter more than anything in this world and of all titles he held, Dad was his favorite.
Joseph loved well and was well loved. He leaves a void in the lives of those who will miss him that can never be filled. Joseph is preceded in death by his Grandpo Pat Sandoval, Grandma Margie Sandoval, Mammy Arlene Joann Patterson, and Grandma Alta Patterson. He is survived by his daughter Khaleesi Nenetli Sandoval, his queen Nancy Theresa Gonzalez-Marquez, his grandfather Delmar “Dutch” Patterson, his parents Joe and Jody Gallegos, his father and step-mom Joe and Brenda Sandoval; his sisters Genevieve (Justin) Merrill, Gina (Sandy) Gallegos, Jaclyn Buice; his brothers Anthony Sandoval, Robert “Joey” Sandoval, Danny (McKinna) Sandoval, Dustin Buice, his Godparents Bobby and Carmen Montoya; nieces Mia (Xavier) Kemmler, Marisa Kemmler, Malia Nelson, Milayla Nelson, Janessa Merrill, Audrey Merrill, Matyson Sandoval, Alexis (Hila) Afungia, Rylee Sandoval, Serena Buice, Lillian Buice and Adrianna Jackson; his nephews Dominic Sandoval, Logan Sandoval, Mason Sandoval, Brendon (Tori) Sandoval, Giovanni Jackson; Mack (Yvette) Montoya, Devante Valencia, Denim Jensen; aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and the huge family he made for himself.
A viewing will be held January 8, 2024, at Mountain Vista Chapel in Ely, NV at 5:00pm. A viewing and rosary will be held at 9:30am January 9, 2024, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by a funeral mass at 10:00am. Joseph will be laid to rest at the Ely City Cemetery. A luncheon and celebration of life will be held immediately following the funeral service at the St. Lawrence Hall. The family invites all those who knew and loved Joseph to attend and celebrate his life.