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Joe Alaniz Obituary
1940 ~ 2012
Joe Alaniz on Thursday December 6th, ascended to heaven to be with his beloved mother Adela Webber and Brother Luis Trevino. José or as everyone called him "Joe" was born to a migrant family in Edinburg, Texas, on December 9, 1940. His mother died when he was 12 years old and he began migrating throughout the country working in the fields with his Aunt. At the age of 14 he decided he was no longer going to travel throughout the country to work in the fields, and decided to stay in Idaho. Eventually he moved to Salt Lake City. He enlisted in the United States Army and was a member of the National Guard, and an entrepreneur and activist. Growing up as a migrant and a "Chicano" as he called himself he knew first-hand about racism, during the Chicano movement he protested along with his fellow Brown Berets to give equal access to everyone at the University of Utah, It is because of him and other activist that many lawyers and other Hispanic professionals were able to attend the University. He would often say that he was proud that he helped "opened the doors for Raza" so that they could get the education he was denied" Even though he had little formal education he was an avid reader, in both English and Spanish. He worked with the Utah Migrant Council, the American GI Forum and other organization to help make life easier for the Hispanic people living in Utah. He had a love for music, especially Tejano music and Mexican music; he was a promoter of dances, a DJ, owned several radio stations, a few bars and restaurants'. When he would bring Freddy Fender to SLC to perform, they mistook them for brothers. He was a realtor and had a deep interest in dice, you could always find Joe in Wendover or Vegas on any given weekend, at the crap table, ironically he will be buried on the 11th. After doing all the above he married Maria Solis and continued to sell houses and was blessed with 3 children, Adela, Alexiz, and his son Joe Jr. Joe loved his children and was a great dad he worked tirelessly to make sure they had what they needed. His pride and joy were his grandchildren and he was the best grandpa a child could have. Joe will be missed by his children, grandchildren and family very much…. His family knows he is no longer going to suffer and can finally stop working and rest, and reunite with his mother.
The family would like to give a special thanks to all the staff at Wasatch Dialysis. for taking such good care of Joe.
A Holy Rosary will be recited on Monday December 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Neil O'Donnell and Sons Mortuary 372 E. 100 S.; prior to the rosary there will be a viewing from 6-7:00 p.m. There will be a Catholic Mass at 11:00 a.m., Tues. Dec. 11th at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church at 715 W. 300 N., Committal will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery at 4th Ave. & T Street.


Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Dec. 9, 2012
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