CAJA, JOSIP "JOE" - December 5, 1938 - December 3, 2013. Joe Caja went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, after a brief illness. He was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and resided in Knoxville, Tennessee, for nearly thirty years. Joe passed away in his home with his loving family by his side. He was a long-time business owner, loving family man, avid hiker, and member of All Saints Catholic Church. Preceded in death by parents Marija and Slavko Caja. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Angela Caja; brother and sister-in-law, Mladen and Zeljka Caja; sister and brother-in-law, Mira and Tomislav Pavlin; sisters-in-law, Marijana Bacon and Jadranka Tomljenovic; son and daughter-in-law, Mario and Vanessa Caja; daughter, Augustina Caja and fiancé, Jason Pitts; grandchildren Sophia Caja and Madison Pitts; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Joe received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia. His postdoctoral studies at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also worked with Nobel prize-winner in chemistry Alan. G. MacDiarmid. After completing his studies, he held a position of manager of R & D at both Croatia Battery Factory and Tesla Battery Factory. Prior to his passing, Joe was the president of Electrochemical Systems, Inc. located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Joe, as many called him, was highly respected among his peers. He worked with world-renown scientists such as Harry Mark and Gleb Mamantov, with whom he was also very close. As many can testify, he was a very compassionate and kind person giving special attention to many who were forgotten. Those such as the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The family will receive friends at on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, with a celebration of life service to follow. You may visit HighlandMemoialparks.com for the online guest book.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Dec. 6, 2013