Joseph Raymond Marotta

Joseph Raymond Marotta passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Vista Grande Nursing Home at the age of 93.

Joe was born on February 6, 1921 in St. Agata, Sicily, Italy the son of Giuseppe and Rosa Maria (Cavaliere) Marotta. In 1946 he married Frances Venable Hardin in Newport News, Va. Joe was a veteran who served 27 years in the United Stated Air Force seeing combat in both the South Pacific, Korea and Vietnam.

Surviving Joe are his wife, Frances Marotta of Dolores; his children, Dan and wife, Patti Marotta of Tijares, N.M., and Ray Marotta of Lyons, Colo.; his three grandchildren, Michael Dowell, Sonia Marotta, and Merewyn Waldron, and his two great-grandchildren. Preceding Joe in death were his parents, Giuseppe and Rosa Maria Marotta; his son, David Marotta; and his siblings, Frank Marotta, Eddie Marotta and Mel Marotta.

Cremation has taken place with no services to be held. Arrangements are being made through Ertel Funeral Home.