Joseph Lawrence Brennan

Joseph Lawrence Brennan

October 24, 1936 - December 18, 2023

Joseph Lawrence Brennan

October 24, 1936 - December 18, 2023


In loving memory of Joseph Lawrence Brennan Sr., a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and cherished friend, who peacefully departed on Monday December 18th, 2023, surrounded by the enduring love of his family and friends.

Born on October 24th, 1936 in Pennsylvania to Margaret and George, Joe’s journey was marked by exceptional milestones.  Graduating from High School, he pursued his passion of ceramic engineering at Georgia Tech, where he met the love of his life Tina Elizabeth (“Liz) nee Cantrell.  Graduating in 1959 Joe embarked on a distinguished 40+ year career in the Nuclear industry, notably contributing as a project director at Fluor Corporation, where he undertook some of the world’s largest and most intricate projects.

A man of varied interest Joe found joy in playing golf, savoring family moments and delving into his passion for Civil War history.  His insatiable curiosity about the world persisted, driving his love for travel and his dedicated efforts to unravel mathematical mysteries, particularly in his pursuit of horse racing odds.

For 50 plus years, Joe and Liz called the South Orange County area home, establishing lasting roots in San Juan Capistrano in 1976.  The family homestead, a hub of joy and celebration, remains a testament to their enduring legacy.

Joe’s coaching prowess shone through as he generously dedicated countless hours to coach his children’s teams across various sports. Golf held a special place in his heart, evidenced by his proudly displayed four hole-in-ones, a source of both accomplishment and family pride.

As “Grandpa,” Joe effortlessly embraced his role, offering smiles, kind words, and unwavering support to his six grandchildren, Tina, Roy Jr., Haley, Cory, Nicole and Meghan, and his two great-grandchildren, Luke and Ava.  His gentle and patient demeanor made him a constant presence at their events, always ready with a solution, encouragement, or a comforting shoulder to lean on.

Joe leaves a lasting legacy in the hearts of his surviving children, Lisa (Barth) Maher, Kimberly (Roy) Palacios, and Joe (Laurie) Brennan, along with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His spirit lives on in the memories of the countless lives he touched with his warmth, wisdom, and enduring love.

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: January 27, 2024 (1:00 PM)
  • Venue: El Toro Memorial Park
  • Location: 25751 Trabuco Road Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 951-9102

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