Jesus Villalobos and Joseph Schwartz
… a dark cloud came on November 20th, 2012 when two members of our Concrete Works family were struck and killed while working on a project in Douglas County. A driver lost control of his vehicle as he exited the ramp of C-470 onto South Broadway striking both Joseph “Joe” Schwartz, 47, of Morrison and Jesus Villalobos, 27, of Brighton. Both men were longtime employees of Concrete Works of Colorado and are sadly missed and remembered fondly by us all.
“Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we felt at the loss of Joe and Jesus.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal.
It’s difficult to see beyond the sorrow, but looking back at the times we shared with them helps comfort each of us,
and as we comprehend this profound loss, let’s cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens…”
Jesus Villalobos November 14, 1985 –November 20, 2012
Jesus was born in Mexico and is survived by his wife Edith Caraveo, his son Alexander, his parents Jesus and Belem, his sisters Nancy, Yuridia and Selene as well as his grandfather, Isavio. He is also survived by numerous extended family members and many friends.
His love for his son and wife was obvious to all who knew him. He was a proud dad and was all about family. On out-of-town projects, when the rest of the guys would “wind down” with a drink after work, Jesus would quietly slip back to his hotel room and call home. He joined Concrete Works of Colorado in June 2002, as a laborer. Through hard work and dedication, he quickly rose through the ranks to Operator and later, Crew-Lead Foreman.
He loved watching the Broncos, spending his Sunday afternoons surrounded by family and friends. He enjoyed weight lifting, and was a good motivator to his peers and crew. He was a quiet, tender soul and his workmates called him a “Gentle Giant.” Jesus is greatly missed by all of us.
Joseph Schwartz July 30, 1965 – November 20, 2012
Joe was born in Pennsylvania and is survived by his mother, Linda James, his step-son, Ryan Adamson and his step-daughter, Angie Holder. His grandchildren are Aiden, Peyton and Grayson.
In the early 1980’s, Joe lived and worked in Texas at Sun Mount Construction and Lane Construction and was involved with concrete pavement projects at DFW Airport, Texas Motor Speedway as well as working on many highways in and around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. He moved to Colorado in 2000, working for Interstate Highway Construction and pavement projects at DIA until 2004, when he joined Concrete Works of Colorado.
Joe was one of the key superintendents for Concrete Works of Colorado and managed in excess of $80 million worth of projects in the 8 years he was with us. He developed broad expertise in concrete paving projects and had the unique ability to plan and successfully complete challenging projects with superior quality. He valued his co-workers, was always training and developing his crews and was respected by everyone he worked with: project owners, business owners, subcontractors and all his fellow workers.
His mantra was “get ‘er done!” and he is greatly missed. Concrete Works of Colorado felt Joe’s impact the moment he was hired and will never be the same without him.
Joe was a very fun guy. He was full of life and enjoyed spending time with his friends on and off the jobsite, cheering on his beloved Steelers… a Steeler fan to the core.