Visitation for Isaias G. Calzada, affectionately known as "Joe" 88 of O'Donnell, will begin 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday, September 2, 2023, with a prayer service beginning at 6:00 p.m. the same day at Calvillo Funeral Home Chapel in Tahoka (1303 Ave M, Tahoka, Texas 79373). A Celebration of Life will begin 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 3, 2023 at New Life Baptist Church in O'Donnell (702 E. Baldridge Street, O'Donnell, Texas 79351) with Rev. Lee Gamez officiting. Burial will follow in the O'Donnell Cemetery. All arrangements were made under the direction of Calvillo Funeral Home Chapel.
On the Morning of August 31, 2023 Joe entered into eternal peace. He was born on October 18, 1934, in Terlingua, Texas to the late Jose Angel and Inez Calzada. Later in life on December 8, 1955 Joe went onto marry Apolonia "Pola" Villarreal in Odessa treasuring fifty-eight years of marriage, before she preceded him in death on December 13, 2013.
Joe led a fulfilling life and made an impact in various fields throughout his career. He dedicated his time and efforts to the O'Donnell ISD janitorial department, the O'Donnell Farmers Co-Op, and the RA James Gravel Company as a groundman. His work ethic and commitment were evident in every task he undertook.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Joe was known for his warm and outgoing personality. He had a remarkable ability to connect with people—a true people person. His friendly demeanor and genuine interest in others made him loved by all who crossed his path.
One of Joe's greatest joys in life was singing and playing the harmonica for the First Baptist Church in O'Donnell. His melodious abilities touched the hearts of many. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and whistiling. His family will always remember how Joe also enjoyed making wooden works of art for them, these special items will forever be greatly cherished.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Apolonia "Pola" Calzada; parents Jose Angel and Inez Calzada; four sisters Pasquala Herrera, Augustina Escobedo, Maria Salgado, Pauline Rivera; a brother Juan Calzada and a great granddaughter Selah Miendieta.
Those left to cherish his memory are his son Oscar and wife Cecilia Calzada of O'Donnell; a daughter Carmen and husband Max Miendieta of O'Donnell; a sister Amada Morales of Lubbock; five grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Joe's love and compassion will continue to be felt through the generations of his family.