Mateo Jose “Joe” Orta

Mateo Jose “Joe” Orta, 55, of Bryan, went to be with the lord on August 24, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. A funeral service honoring and celebrating his life will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday September 1, 2012, in the chapel of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of service, Saturday, September 1, 2012, at the funeral home. Joe will be laid to rest by his loving family with private interment at Restever Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mateo Jose “Joe” Orta was born October 13, 1956, in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Mateo J. Orta and Aurora C. Orta. He graduated from Nampa High School and attended Boise State University. Migrated to Portland Oregon where he held some of his fondest memories. Joe spent the last 30 years in Bryan, Texas, where he served in the Army Reserve for 12 years, worked for Alenco, and his last 5 years with Kentmore Cabinets.

Among those who will miss Joe the most are his nephew and nieces for whom he had a special place in his heart. He was their mentor in a lot of ways often playing the role of a father figure to some. “The Land” is what we called Joe’s home because it is the place where our greatest memories of our family gatherings and holidays were spent with him.

Joe was preceded in death by his grandfather Nicodemus C. Montoya, Aunt Ruby Wagner, and Cousin Sammy C. Montoya.

He is survived by his loving family who will miss him dearly: his parents, Mateo and Aurora Orta of Bryan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Juan and Robyn Orta of Bryan, Eddy and Joyce Orta of Fort Worth, Marcos Orta of Bryan, David Orta of Bryan, Jessie Orta of Bryan; sisters and brothers-in-law, Juanita Orta of Bryan, Caroline and Nolbert Contreras of College Station, Rilla and Ahsanul Haq of Florida, Minnie and Manny Simien of Louisiana; nephews and nieces Leanna, Lee Jr, Nick, Becky, Timmy, Mariah, Christopher, Johnathon, Alexandria, little David, Vanessa, Makayla, Nicodemus, Chad, Amina, Justine, Michael and too many more great nephews and great nieces to name and he loved each one. Uncle Joe will always be remembered by his hard work, humor, love and kindness. Especially his nick names for each one of his Nephews and Nieces

The family requests in lieu of flowers, a kind donation in his name be given to the charity of the donors choice.
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  1. It’s hard to know what to say, except that we are thinking of the entire Orta Family, especially of Tia and Tio in prayer and in sympathy. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Joe. He was an amazing person and lived a full loving life. We share comfort in knowing Joe is no longer suffering. We send thoughts of sympathy and support to you all, as you begin your journey of healing your grief. May the blessings of GOD be upon you, May HIS peace abides with you, may HIS loving hands comfort your hearts, now and forever. Remember that we love and care about you all.
    The Valdez Family

  2. We love you so much and all our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know Joe is so happy now with Mom and Sam. We know how much he loved living here so we are planting a grove of trees in Forest Park along the Williamette River, March 28, 2013.
    We are sorry we cannot be with you Auntie, Uncle and cousins but our love surrounds you.
    Love, Leanna and Family

  3. We were shocked to hear that he was ill and devastated that he left us so shortly after! I pray for God to send mighty angels to surround you all during this difficult time.Please remember that although we are far apart, we live daily knowing that your there and love you, just as if you lived down the street.. I know that mom and sammy were there to greet him and he is displaying that gigantic smile that he was so blessed with.. We love you and you will always be in our prayers. Hugs and kisses

  4. We were very saddened by the loss of Mateo “Joe” He was a very good son who loved his family deeply. Please know that although we live away from you, I always have loved you all and grieve with your loss. God be with you all during this very difficult time.

  5. Keeping you and your family lifted up in prayer as you suffer through this loss of a beloved son and brother. May God bless each of you in the way you most need it during this difficult time. Peace be with you.

  6. Please know our loving thoughts embrace your entire family. May you take comfort in knowing there is one more angel above us. We may not understand why sad things happen, but the Montoya Families, Valdez and Silva Family wish to express our sympathy in your loss; and to let you know how much we care and that our thoughts are with you all.
    God bless you.

    Montoya, Valdez & Silva Families.

  7. To express our deep sympathy to you on your loss. We thank “Joe” for serving our country in the U.S.Reserves for 12 years. Because of you & other young men & women we have our freedom in this great country. May God’s Speed Be With This Soldier & His Family.