It is with great sorrow and loving hearts we share the passing of Joel Peña Aldaco.

Joel was a man of character and strong will, the kind of man who always put his family first, believed in honest hard work and wanted to provide a better future for his children.

His smile always lit up the room, and he was known for singing out his favorite songs so everyone within a mile could hear him.

He was a die-hard Rayados fan, loved grilling with a cold beer in hand, and was known to dance around the room when happy or after he won a game.

Always fond of life on the rancho, Joel raised animals and loved caring for them in hopes of bringing the rancho to him.

He also loved fishing with family and would insist on fishing tournaments that he would win regularly. It helped that he would teasingly change the rules.

Never one to leave a friend or loved one in need, always an amazing listener and known for giving great advice.

He was very giving in nature and made many friends wherever he went.

Joel went to his place with God on Friday, November 6, 2020, at the age of 55.

Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, to Isidoro Aldaco and Herlinda (Peña). Joel grew up with his siblings, Servando and Maria, and had a close relationship with both.

They would spend afternoons roller skating, riding bikes, or playing softball and looked forward to camping when they could.

Even at a young age he was a giving and thoughtful person and displayed such kindness by cutting roses for his mom on his way home from school.

He spent his childhood learning and growing with his family in a way that prepared him to be a loving father one day.

Once grown and had established a family himself, he did his best to instill in his children the values that made his character so strong.

On every occasion making sure he was able to provide for his family even if it meant him working three jobs at a time.

He showed his children that honest hard work and family should come first.

Doing his best to provide every opportunity for his children and cheered on their success always.

Forever playful and loving he made sure to devote time to all of his children, in ways that were special to each of them.

In love he was lucky to find a special partner in his wife, Eva. Their love blossomed over 18 years and in 10 years of marriage.

He was a thoughtful, playful and caring husband, always thinking of her and making sure they spent quality time together and shared heart to heart conversations constantly. He would always wake her with a kiss and regularly make breakfast for her. Giving affection and tokens of his love with flowers or special little mementos. Their love was a great love and an example to their children.

Joel leaves behind his beloved wife, Eva Aldaco; his parents, Isidoro and Herlinda; his children, JoAnna Trotter and husband, Brandon, Joel Aldaco Jr. and wife, Basilia, Berenice Lara and husband, Jose Jiminez, Bernardo Lara, Jonathan Alan Aldaco, Leslie Monique Aldaco, and Isidoro Aldaco; his siblings, Servando Aldaco and wife, Mari,and Maria Del Refugio Aldaco; and his three precious grandchildren, Giovanni Jiminez, Genesis Jiminez, and Aaron Jiminez.

Graveside funeral services are set for 12:15 p.m. Saturday, November 14, 2020, in the Caldwell Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 13, 2020, in the Chapel of Trevino Smith Funeral Home in Bryan. The family kindly asks that you come with a mask and social distance.

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