Jose Vasquez Obituary

Service Information

 
In Memory of

Jose Cirilo Vasquez

February 2, 1925 - May 3, 2014
Obituary

Jose Cirilo Vasquez, "Joe" 2/2/1925 - May 3, 2014 89 years Dad passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on the morning of May 3, 2014. Dad was born in Chihuahua, Mexico to Maria Concepcion Martinez de Vasquez and Estanislao Vasquez on February 2, 1925. Dad was the second of 5 children and grew up in El Paso Texas. Dad graduated from high school at 15 years of age, but because of Texas law, he had to wait until he was 16 to enroll in college. Dad graduated from Texas College of Mines, now called University of Texas, El Paso, in 1947, with a Bachelors of Science Degree in chemistry and a Minor in Math. ...
Jose Cirilo Vasquez, "Joe"
2/2/1925 - May 3, 2014 89 years
Dad passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on the morning of May 3, 2014. Dad was born in Chihuahua, Mexico to Maria Concepcion Martinez de Vasquez and Estanislao Vasquez on February 2, 1925. Dad was the second of 5 children and grew up in El Paso Texas. Dad graduated from high school at 15 years of age, but because of Texas law, he had to wait until he was 16 to enroll in college. Dad graduated from Texas College of Mines, now called University of Texas, El Paso, in 1947, with a Bachelors of Science Degree in chemistry and a Minor in Math. Prior to graduating from college, Dad joined the Navy, where he was naturalized. Dad moved to Azusa, California where he began working for Aerojet General Corp. and met his wife, Lupe. In 1957 Dad moved to Sacramento, (Citrus Heights), where they raised their 4 children. Dad worked in research and development of solid rocket propellants and aided in the development of solid propellants for the "Polaris Submarine" launched missiles. Dad also worked on the Minuteman Missiles as well as other missile propellants. Dad's work took him to Italy and Japan, where he lived for several years. In 1984, shortly after moving back home from overseas, Dad retired. Dad adjusted well to retirement, spending more time on his sports and hobbies; golf, gardening, photography, traveling, he tried to do it all. Most of all, Dad loved spending time with his grandchildren. Dad was an active member of the SIR's (Sons in Retirement), Branch 69.
Dad is survived by his 4 children, Victor (Julie) of Auburn, Barbara O'Brien (Steven) of Chico, Patsy of Honolulu and David (Lynn) of Pleasant Hill; 6 grandchildren, Jennifer, Mikonos, Tony, Nick, Annalise and Alexis; his brother Leo and his sister Maria Castillo and numerous nieces and nephews. Dad is predeceased by two brothers Tony and Alex and his grandson, Danny O'Brien.
Dad, we miss you.
Services will be held at Holy Family Church, 7817 Old Auburn Rd, Citrus Heights, Friday, May 9, 2014 at noon. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jose's honor to the St. Joseph Catholic School in Auburn California.

Share your memories or express your condolences by signing the Guest Book below or click here for entry suggestions.

"I want to send my sincerest condolences to the entire Vasquez family. Joe was an incredible man and he will be forever missed. Dan M."

Submit Guest Book Entry
This Guest Book has 4 entries. View Complete Guest Book

More Obituaries

Sacramento Bee, The
VASQUEZ, Jose Cirilo ""Joe' February 2, 1925 - May 3, 2014 Dad passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on the morning of May...

Read obituary at Sacramento Bee, The.

Personalize Your Tribute

Share photos, videos and more with Legacy Memorial Websites. Find out more.

 
Start Planning Today

Make Your Plan Today

Preplanning your funeral or cemetery arrangements gives you and your loved ones peace of mind. Don't wait. Make your plan online today.
Plan Online Now
Send a Card
Send Meals to the Family

Audio Condolences

Use your phone to dial in a free personalized message. Click here to make an entry or listen to recordings from friends and family.