Jose "Joe" Mejía, Jr. 56, of Tucson, died Thursday, April 10, 2014. He was born to José and Socorro Mejía, on November 24, 1957, in Douglas, AZ. Joe graduated from Douglas High School in 1976 and received a BA in Elementary Education in 1980 and a MA in counseling and guidance in 1986 both from the University of Arizona. Joe retired from Tucson Unified School District where he was an elementary school teacher and counselor. He was passionate about making a difference in the lives of students. He was an avid UofA Wildcat and Douglas High School Bulldog fan. He was an amateur fisherman, golfer and foodie. Joe is survived by his wife, Julie Elvick- Mejía and their son, Benjamin Andres Mejia (11) as well as Jessica Francis Mejía (25), Jose Lorenzo Mejía (23), and Maria Teresa Mejía (19), children of Maria Moreno Mejía. He is also survived by his parents, Jose and Socorro Mejia; brother, Manuel Mejía Sr. and sisters, Maria Guadalupe Mejía and Minerva Mejía-Kong as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Scleroderma Foundation in Joe's memory: http://www.scleroderma.org or by mailing a check to 300 Rosewood Dr. Suite 105, Danvers MA, 01923. Rosary will be recited at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave. at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Mass immediately following at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Family and friends may express their condolences by visiting www.carrillostucsonmortuary.com.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Apr. 13, 2014