Joseph Melvin Callender

01/03/1997 - 05/18/2019


Joseph Melvin Callender passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 22 years at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019, followed by a gathering at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.

Joseph Melvin Callender was born on January 3, 1997, to Melvin and Linda Hughes Callender in Las Cruces, New Mexico. As a child Joseph was always eager to embrace new experiences with a plethora of enthusiasm. He was always the highlight of family camping trips as long as there wasn’t one more uphill that he wasn’t prepared for. Growing up he was always willing to humor his sister with playing games from hide and seek to GI Joes and Barbies. Working on the car with is dad was a fantastic challenge for both of them and they worked together through it and grew closer because of it. His mom was his shelter for everything and her love for him helped him become the compassionate person everyone knew him as.

In high school Joseph played lacrosse and ran cross country. He worked as a lifeguard and, like all his work, he took his responsibilities about the job seriously. His work as a lifeguard inspired him to pursue a degree at Texas Tech that would enable him to positively impact the lives of others.

Joseph never hesitated to help others in need from stopping to check if strangers on the side of the road needed aid to being there for friends in need. No one was a stranger to him, he made friends easy and accepted everyone as they were. Joseph wore his emotions on his sleeve, anyone could tell when he was happy. His friends and family were always comforted by his big goofy smile when they needed it. His emotions were always real and he wasn’t afraid to express himself.

Anyone that interacted with Joseph knew the positive impact that one person can have on those around him. Many lives have been touched by Joseph’s kindness and his family and friends will keep his memory by continuing to be there for others as he was there for them. We may live our lives apart but our hearts will always be together.

Survivors include his parents, Melvin and Linda Callender; sister, Melinda Anne Callender; paternal grandmother, Lanna Kimbrough; maternal grandmother, Wiltrud Hughes and husband, Emil Petelko; uncles, Bob Callender and wife, Darla; Larry Hughes and wife, Lolina; Howard Callender and wife, Sally; aunts, Anna Adair, Barbara Catabay and husband, Gil; and numerous cousins.



The family of Joseph Melvin Callender would appreciate contributions to be given to the Boys and Girls Club of Lubbock  in his memory.

Funeral Service

Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Start Time:1:00 pm
End Time:2:00 pm


14 Comments on “Joseph Melvin Callender”

  1. Thank You Joseph for being part of my life. You brought a smile to many people faces!
    I am going to miss you greatly. Im going to miss watching Yankee games with you. I will never forget all the time we spent together last summer. My condolences to the Callender Family during this time.

  2. Joseph was pure sunshine. I remember his early years so vividly, and he always had a smile on his chubby face. Nothing held him back! Our family remembers him taking on the world as a toddler with a cast on his arm. He joyfully took on the world, and we loved him for it. He grew into such a delightful young man; your pride in him was well deserved. We will always miss him. His smile will live in our hearts forever.

  3. I am so blessed and thankful that I was able to know and work with you Jo. There wasn’t a time where I didn’t have a good time when you were working with me! Great times and great memories is what I will always cherish throughout time. Rest In Peace and know that we are all carrying you in our hearts and in our thoughts. Always remember it’s not ‘good-bye’ it’s ‘see you later’!

  4. Joe added wonderful energy and a big smile to McNeil’s High School Cross Country team. Those boys had a special bond, and we will always have fond memories of their deep friendship and running days. Sending the Callendar family our sympathy, love, and prayers.
    Amy, Bob, Dylan, Bryce & Alec McAndrew

  5. Joseph was always joyful and a great teammate to all the Mavericks. I’ll never forget how much fun I found in being his coach at McNeil. His smile will be greatly missed. The Aubin family sends its prayers and condolences. Our hearts are deeply saddened by this lose of such a wonderful young man.

  6. Joseph was a part of our lacrosse family for many years. You can’t think about Joseph without thinking of his big smile, his hustle and his love for the game & his team. Our family & our community are devastated to hear the heartbreaking news of his passing. He was a great young man with such wonderful character. So much love goes out to Mel and Linda during this heartbreaking time. Your family is in our prayers.

  7. I met Joe in high school through lacrosse and he was such a kind person. After high school I met him again up at Texas Tech and we got to know each other much better. Joe always knew how to make people smile, and he always brought a positive energy to the room. Joe, thank you for our friendship that we got to have, you will be greatly missed. Sending the Callender family my condolences and prayers during this time.

  8. Your death has filled us with enormous sadness. You had so much life to live.

    Farewell, sweet Joseph.

  9. Joseph was so positive and always smiling, such a genuine and nice young man. We have wonderful memories of him since elementary school when he played soccer with our son Garrett and several friends who all became lacrosse brothers with Joseph in high school. They all had a special bond playing lacrosse together. Our thoughts, love, and prayers are with the Callender family.

  10. Linda,
    I am thinking of you and your family at this very sad time.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Joanne from BMS

  11. Mrs. Callender, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how you all feel since I lost my son my son back in 1999. He was 11 years old. May God Bless You All and May your Son Rest in Peace! You have a Guardian Angel in Heaven that you can pray to and help you through out your life. Our Lord needed him to serve him! Again God Bless All Your Family!!!!
    Marty Vigil

  12. Mr. and Mrs. Callender,
    For me there are no words that can describe what you are going through or what you will go through.
    I didn’t know Joseph but knowing he IS your Son makes me feel like I did know him and he IS a Great person.
    Joseph ‘s love of the outdoors makes me realize that he will spend eternity with my Son enjoying the love of the outdoors.
    We will all be with them in time.
    Joseph will help you get through this.
    Linda Take care of Linda and Melvin take care of Melvin

    Your Friend
    Mike Puentes

  13. Joseph thank u for ur kind spirit and for being a friend to me and Jordan. We will always remember ur kindness. We will miss u dearly.

  14. Joseph was such an amazing person and friend. His positive attitude and laughter was so contagious. We’ve been friends for as long as I can remember, we shared many laughs and many memories together. From playing soccer together as kids to playing lacrosse together where we developed a strong brotherhood. Nothing but love, thoughts and prayers for the Callender family.

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