Joseph Richard Merino, Sr., “Joey,” age 56, entered into eternal life on Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Joey was born March 21, 1965, in Morenci, Arizona, to Jose and Gloria Merino.
Joey was a 1983 graduate of Morenci High School. He married the love of his life, Phyllis, and together they had two sons: Joseph “Sonny” Richard, Jr. and Joshua Lee.
Joey is survived by: his parents, Jose and Gloria Merino; his children, Joseph “Sonny” Richard, Jr. and Joshua Lee; siblings, JoAnn (Joseph) Miranda, John (Michele) Merino, Kristi (Mike) Guillen; and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by: his wife, Phyllis Merino.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Joey will be celebrated Saturday afternoon, June 19, 2021, at 2:00 p.m., at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Morenci by Rev. Nathaniel Mma. Committal will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.
A Rosary and prayers will be offered Saturday afternoon, June 19, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., at Holy Cross Catholic Church.
Those who would like to attend the services via Facebook Live can join on Vining Funeral Home's Facebook page, Saturday afternoon, June 19, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. (MST).