Joseph Thomas Teglovic

Joseph Thomas Teglovic

December 21, 1954 - July 15, 2019
Aliso Viejo CA

Joseph Thomas Teglovic

December 21, 1954 - July 15, 2019
Aliso Viejo CA


Joseph Thomas Teglovic
December 2, 1954 – July 1, 2019

After battling cancer for the third time, Joe went peacefully to be with God and his mother on July 15, 2019.

Joe was born on December 21, 1954 in Long Beach, CA, and raised in Plymouth, Ohio. A graduate of Plymouth High School class of 1973, Joe attended Ohio State University for one year before moving to Long Beach, CA and continuing his education at California State University, Long Beach, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982. During his time at CSLB, Joe was very active in leadership and was elected Student Body President. Later that year, Joe was accepted to The University of California Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, CA, receiving his JD in 1985, after passing the California Bar Exam on his first try° Joe went on to practice law as a litigator in Los Angeles at the firm of Bodkin McCarthy Sargent Smith. During his time practicing law, Joe received many accolades. He was qualified as an Attorney of US District Court Southern District of California, licensed by the Supreme Court of California to practice in all courts of the state, was honored for providing pro bono legal services to low income Californians through the Western Law Center for the Handicapped, was a member of the American Bar Association and included in the Who’s Who in California for outstanding professional achievement, superior leadership and exceptional service in the field of law.

The first born of nine children, Joe was a natural leader. As well, he was a father figure to his younger siblings. To look back at his life in all the pictures collected, anyone can see how important family was to him.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, George F. Teglovic and Joan M. Manno. He is survived by his sisters Mary (Bruce) Russo of Dallas, TX, Joan Teglovic of Lake Arrowhead, CA, Maria Marshall of Huntington Beach, CA, Virginia (William) Bernardy of Arlington, TX and Marygrace (Keith) Souter of Seal Beach, CA, his brothers Richard Teglovic of Port Angeles, WA, Eugene Teglovic of Denver, CO and John Teglovic, of Yorba Linda, CA, as well as several nieces, nephews, grand nephews, and his faithful companion JohnnyCat.

Joe’s philosophy on life was twofold: learn as much as you can and treat others with the compassion that Jesus preached in the bible. Anyone who knew Joe certainly would not doubt that he lived that philosophy to the end of his life.

A Celebration of Joe’s Life will be held at 1 Cottage Ln, Aliso Viejo, CA on July 20th at 5 PM. Family and Friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.


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3 responses to Joseph Thomas Teglovic

  1. I went to school in Plymouth with Joe. We both graduated in 1973. He was a good friend in school. I thought of him many times after graduation. I still live in Plymouth. He will be missed.

  2. Joe and I went to College together at CSULB. Both of us majored in Political Science and were involved in student government through the ASB. After I graduated and headed up to San Francisco where I had been accepted into Law School at University of California, Hastings College of the Law – Joe came to visit and I check out my School where I gave him the grand tour. Joe and I kept In contact and when he was accepted we decided to be roommates during our respective years of Law School ( 2L & 1L ). We roomed together near the Mission District of SF. We enjoyed each other’s company and I introduced Joe to many of my friends from Hawaii. Years later, while staffing a Courtroom as a Deputy Public Defender for the County of Los Angeles, in comes Joe with a Clients sons case. A DUI, but he was a Civil Litigator and I was a Criminal Defense Attorney. The case was peanuts for me at that point in my career. I reviewed the case, gave Joe some friendly advice and introduced him to all the players. Joe worked the case and got a favorable outcome for his Client. We hugged goodbye and around 1989 was the last time we saw each other. Well, now we can communicate as Joe has a place in my heart and I am able to focus and pray and G-d allows me to let Joe know how much I love and care for him ! Joel

  3. Andi says:

    I’m stunned. Joe and I were friends in college and in our 20s. We drifted apart in the early ’90s but I’ve always enjoyed our friendship and thought the world of Joe. I’m so sad to learn of his death.

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