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Joshua Espinosa

Updated: Apr 28

In Loving Memory of Joshua Espinosa


June 11, 1979 - April 17, 2024


With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to Joshua Espinosa, a beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, soldier, and friend, who passed away on April 17, 2024, in Colorado Springs, leaving behind a legacy of courage, passion, and unwavering determination.

Joshua's journey was one marked by remarkable achievements and boundless determination. Born on June 11, 1979, Joshua's life was a testament to the power of perseverance and the pursuit of excellence.


Driven by a profound sense of duty and patriotism, Joshua answered the call to serve his country, joining the ranks of the United States Army. As a member of the esteemed 82nd Airborne Division, Joshua distinguished himself as a Jump Expert, embodying the values of honor, integrity, and selflessness.


Beyond his military service, Joshua possessed a deep love for athleticism, finding solace and joy in the pursuit of physical challenges. Whether pounding the pavement in the early hours of dawn or grappling with opponents on the wrestling mat, Joshua approached every endeavor with passion and vigor. His knowledge and skill as a wrestler earned him recognition as an outstanding athlete, both within the Army and beyond.

In addition to his military and athletic pursuits, Joshua's creative spirit flourished in the realm of graphic animation programming. A graduate of ITT, Joshua's talent and dedication were evident in his work, where he brought imagination to life through his artistic vision.


Joshua is survived by his son DeCarlo Espinosa of Colorado Springs, CO; his parents, Saundra Casteneda of Monte Vista, CO; Larry (Maria) Espinosa of Center, CO; paternal grandparents Mary Ellen (Efrain) Gomez of Center, CO; sister Sonya (Pete) Alderete of CA; brothers Juan Carlos Espinosa and Christian Espinosa of Center, CO; nephew Omar Alderete and niece Quiana Alderete of CA. Alongside cousins Diego Favila, Felicia Favila, Joe Garcia, Lisa Pena, Gail Kuhns, Shaneen Garcia, Theya Garcia, David Lee Montoya, Marisol Garcia, Moses Garcia, Daniela Espinosa, Jerrid Dominguez, Derek Garcia, Max Garcia, Timara Garcia, Timias Garcia, Timay Garcia, and Timber Garcia. And aunts, uncles, and countless other cousins.


He is preceded in death by his cousin Desi Espinosa; uncles Richard, Johnny, and Bobby Espinosa; maternal grandparents Belen and Carlos Nick Garcia; paternal grandfather Henry Espinosa. As well as a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Though Joshua's time with us was far too short, his memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. His unwavering courage, infectious laughter, and boundless kindness will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

As we mourn the loss of our beloved Joshua, may we find solace in the cherished memories we shared and the profound impact he made on our lives. Though he may be gone, his spirit will continue to inspire us, guiding us through the days ahead.


Rest in peace, dear Joshua. Your legacy of courage, passion, and love will forever be a beacon of light in our lives. You will be deeply missed! 


A memorial service to celebrate Joshua's remarkable life will be held on May 4, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Strohmayer's Funeral Home located on 205 S, Broadway St. Monte Vista, CO, 81144. Burial to follow at Home Lake Veterans Cemetery located at 3749 Sherman Ave. Monte Vista, CO. 81144.

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