Apr 052013

Joe A. Perez, 73, passed on unexpectedly on Saturday, March 30, 2013, but will forever leave an impression on the many lives he touched. Mass was celebrated on April 4 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Winslow. Burial with military honors followed at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.
Born on April 27, 1939, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Janie Brady, he was raised by his grandmother, Juanita Hernandez. Joe remembers this time is where he learned from his grandmother to work for what you wanted in life, which meant dedication and to never give up.
In 1961 he was drafted and completed his basic training in Fort Ord, Calif. He was then transferred to Fort Campbell, Ky., where he trained as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division, The Screaming Eagles. In 1962 the 101st was on alert to activate and be on standby to go to Cuba due to problems at the Bay of Pigs, and stayed on alert through to New York during the time of Castro. When he completed his term with the 101st he returned home, ironically on the very day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He remained in the reserves until 1967.
He moved to Winslow in 1960 and his dedication is recognized in his many accomplishments. He operated El Papagayo, and Joe’s Refrigeration and Heating, and was VFW commander for four years. He was also instrumental in getting the Falcons started here in Winslow, a group of friends that learned to jump with a static line.
Joe will always be remembered as the sharpshooter at the pool table, where no one stood a chance when he was at the table, a fact proven through his many trophies and the disappointed faces when he walked away with a smile and the cash.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine Perez; his siblings, Felipe Perez, Helen Ribera and Carolina Jaramillo; his children, Carol Dawn (Perez), Diana Perez, Joann Olivas (Conrad), Paula and Luini Vargas, and Joe Jr.; his grandchildren, Kimberly Von Dane, Gilbert Moncayo Jr., Edward Montoya, Richard Perez, Fabian Olguin, Stevie Perez Montoya, Johnny Montoya and Martin Vargas; and his great-grandchildren, Hunter, Emily, Olivia Curtis, Aubree Moncayo, Manual and Josiah Perez, Emiliana and Raymond Jr. Elliott, Izaak Olguin and Vincent Montoya.
He will be forever in our hearts and in everything we do.
Norvel Owens Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.Perez, Joe