God took back the soul of Joseph (Joe) Barrios at home in SaddleBrooke, AZ on December 8th after a prolonged 8 year decline due to cerebellar ataxia. He is survived by his wife, Mary; his sister Mildred (Joseph) Grochowski of Clinton Township, MI; his half-sister Eugenia (Don) Dittmaier of Sarver, PA; a half-brother Joseph Barrios of CA and 3 nieces, 2 nephews and 13 great & great-great nieces/nephews as well as two brothers-in-law, John Swink and William Swink of MI. He was preceded in death by his mother, Josephine (Comeratta) Bernatowicz, and his father, Joseph E. Barrios.\n\nJoe was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from St. Benedict High School and attended the University of Michigan-Dearborn & Highland Park JC for two years of college. He also played junior ice hockey during those years. Joe enlisted in the US Marine Corps in May 1966. He was an aviation electrician stationed in Buford, SC and Jacksonville, FL. He served with the 1st Marine Air Wing at Chui Lai, South Viet Nam (May 1969 - April 1970) where he served on ground patrols and also flew as a door gunner on helicopter missions. He was discharged as a Sergeant on May 12, 1970.\n\nFollowing his service, Joe worked for Detroit Edison in Detroit, MI as a transmission operator for seven years. In June 1977, Joe accepted a position with Pacific Gas and Electric in San Francisco, CA. He held various positions as a transmission/distribution operator, an instructor at the training school, a distribution supervisor and an operation specialist retiring in July 2007 after 30 years.\n\nJoe met his wife, Mary M. Swink, in 1971 and they were married in Southfield, MI on July 28, 1978. They resided in San Francisco for nine years and moved to Redwood Shores, CA in 1987. They subsequently retired to Tucson, AZ in July 2008.\n\nJoe was an avid reader, photographer, traveler, lover of classical music (attended the SF Ballet, Symphony and Opera) and enjoyed learning about and tasting wine. Joe enjoyed dining out but even more, cooking at home. After retirement, he and Mary began to travel internationally twice a year. The trips included an African safari, a cruise around South America, and countless trips to Europe. Their last trip was a 5 week cruise around Australia in 2019/2020 which was an amazing effort for Joe as he was then using a walker full-time. Joe also volunteered at the Kids' Closet charity fitting children for shoes. He loved interacting with the children!\n\nJoe was 100% disabled by the VA for PTSD due to his service in Viet Nam. He was also exposed to Agent Orange while in Viet Nam and it is the presumed cause of his cerebellar ataxia that first presented in 2013 causing difficulty speaking, swallowing, and movement of his limbs. During those years he continued his love of laughter and life even though his body was failing him. \n\nHis wife wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers from Home Instead and the Haven Hospice nurses for their compassion and loving care of Joe these past two years.\n\nJoe will be cremated with a blessing of his ashes at his home church Santa Catalina Catholic Church in Catalina, AZ. Masses will be offered for the repose of his soul on June 11th and December 10th of next year. A private celebration of life will be held in the near future.\n\nMemorials in Joe's name may be made to Wounded Warriors or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.