JOSEPH MICHAEL PEREZ
Joe Perez died Feb. 9, 2013. He was born Aug. 2, 1950 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kansas City.
Joe was a graduate of Raytown High School and earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1976 from the University of Missouri-Rolla, Mo. College of Engineering.
Joe was employed by the U.S. Government Corp of Engineers and traveled and worked all throughout the United States. He later started his own construction company, J.M. Perez Construction and was committed to its advancement, growth and development.
In 1985, Joe received the "Hispanic Contractor of the Year Award" from the Greater Kansas City Contracting Association. The following year, in 1986 his company won the bid as the lead Contractor the Longview Lake Corp of Engineer expansion project; and he was very proud of his accomplishment.
Joe continued his support of the Corp of Engineers, and in 1993 assisted with the flood recovery efforts in Kansas City. Joe’s vision, leadership, professionalism and dedication to helping others was recognized in 1996 when he was presented the Founders Award by the Kansas City Hispanic Association Contractors Enterprise for demonstrated commitment and for the exceptional qualities and high standards exemplified by J.M. Perez Construction and outstanding contribution. Joe accepted the award with great pride and a deep sense of appreciation.
Joe was a simple man. He was a stellar civil engineer and enjoyed being outdoors. He lived life to its fullest and enjoyed good food, holiday gatherings, card games with family and friends, and attending and participating in sports events with both friends and co-workers. Joe enjoyed listening to music and dancing. He actively participated in the political process and stood side-by-side with Presidents and Senators.
Above all Joe received the gift of faith. He loved God, America, family and great lifelong friends. He was a caretaker to family members and friends. He never refused to assist with their care and needs. He loved his life and he worked all his life from the age of eight and continued until recent years when his health failed. Joe battled a long fight with Diabetes. He was grateful each day that through his education he had what he perceived as a "beautiful life."
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary Perez and his older brother, Octaviano "Toby" Perez.
He is survived by his three sisters; Blanch Tyler, Emeley Gates and Edna Koury and his nieces and nephews and countless friends.
Services were held on May 9, 2013 at Grace Cathedral in Kansas City, and other Masses were said in his memory.