Eric Joseph Esparza, 56, of Greeley, Colorado, passed away on April 5, 2022, surrounded by family and friends.
Eric was born April 29, 1965 in Long Beach, California to Ortencia Chavez and Salvador J. Esparza. He graduated from Wilson High School in Long Beach in 1983. Earlier in life, Eric worked in landscaping and auto mechanics. These jobs were a source of great pride for Eric.
As a young man, Eric loved skateboarding. In keeping with his love of cars, he even participated in the occasional skipping of school to watch the Long Beach Grand Prix (with his mother’s permission of course!) He was a devout Denver Broncos fan. More importantly, Eric was known by many as someone who would do anything to help a friend, even at great personal cost and sacrifice.
Eric is survived by his sisters, Karen (Bob) Stratton of Niwot, Colorado, Diane Esparza Escobar of Greeley, Colorado, Robin Esparza of Long Beach, California, and Carol (Rick) Kott of Long Beach, California; and brother, Vincent Esparza of Nampa, Idaho; and a large loving extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Life will be held on August 13, 2022 at 11:00am, at Northern Colorado Crematory, Community Room, at 700 8th Street, Greeley, CO 80631.