Memorial Celebration of Life will be held on Wendesday-December 29, 2021-6:00 PM at Compassion Mortuary. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday-December 30, 2021-10:00 AM at St. Vivian's Catholic Church in Milan, New Mexico. Burial will be held at a later date.
Edward "Joseph" Quintana aka "Spider". Born December 11, 1950 in Leadville, Colorado, called to heaven December 18, 2021.
Joseph Quintana was one of a kind. He was the perfect combination of a hardworking family man, who combined old traditional values with the new modern-day world.
He was strong yet sensitive, traditional yet adaptable. A very well-balanced man.
He loved Harbor Freight just as much as Hobby Lobby. He had many, many hobbies. Joseph never had idle hands. He was full of life and thoroughly enjoyed everything from going for wood, using his chain saw, hunting, fishing, welding, watching the Denver Broncos, going to the casino, and arts and craft projects.
He grew up on a ranch in Llano De San Juan Nepomuceno. Llano is the place that instilled old traditional values into him that he later carried with him for the rest of his life.
As an adult, he worked underground in the mines for over 20 years where he was known as "Spider". He worked at Kerr-McGee & Chevron in Grants, New Mexico, Stillwater Mining Co in Absarokee, Montana and American Girl Mine in Winterhaven, California.
Joseph's mining days came to an end in 1996 when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Joseph and his family moved back to Grants, NM since he was battling cancer and he received a bone marrow transplant in 1997.
Throughout the course of his life, Joseph fought 4 different types of cancers. He was always a strong-minded and determined person. Nothing wavered him. Cancer never defined him. His family, his hard-work ethic, and his never give-up attitude defined him.
Joseph gave 110% to his wife, two daughters, and anyone he loved. He was a devoted husband for over 45 years to Christine (Pohl) Quintana, a dedicated father to his two daughters Edwina & Lillian Quintana, and a loyal brother, uncle & son. He always planned for the future and made sure his wife and two daughters were well taken care of in the event that he wasn't here anymore.
He approached life with a "Challenge Accepted" mentality. Even undergoing cancer treatments, Joseph single-handedly, fully remodeled his daughter's home in Albuquerque, NM. He turned a 1970 outdated home into an updated masterpiece.
Those who knew him well referred to Joseph as Superman or the Bionic Man. There wasn't anything he couldn't do. He was always willing to expand his knowledge and learn new things. The words I can't, were never in his vocabulary.
He had the strength of an Ox. He operated any power tool and heavy equipment you could think of. He did everything for his family, such as handyman work to cement masonry, construction, being a mechanic, he did it all. His talents were endless. And he always used his skills to help his family in any way possible.
When his daughters would say "dad, I didn't know you could do that," his response often was "anything can be done. "
He was the foundation and the structural support for his two daughters and wife.
He is survived by wife, Christine Rita (Pohl) Quintana and two daughters Edwina Quintana and Lillian Quintana. Sisters: Frances Sandoval, Sharon Pacheco, and Ivy Romero. Brother: Fred Quintana
He is proceeded in death by Father Alfares Quintana, Mother Juanita Quintana, Sister Lorraine Pacheco, Brother Jimmy Quintana.
He gave everything he had to those he loved and had so much more to give. He will be missed for eternity.