Miranda, DDS, Dr. Joseph M. Dr. Joseph Mark Miranda passed away on May 23, 2011, in Dallas. He was born on April 30, 1955 in San Antonio, Texas, to Gloria Lara Miranda and Joseph Vincent Mark Miranda. Dr. Miranda was very proud to be the first in his family to ever graduate from college and post graduate school. He was also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, having enlisted after graduating with high honors from high school, to follow the tradition of service established by his father, brother and uncle. Upon completion of his Air Force service, Dr. Miranda went on to graduate with honors from the University of New Hampshire, and then earn his DDS from the Baylor College of Dentistry in 1986. Dr. Miranda established his successful dental practice, Travis Walk Dental Care, in Dallas and for over 23 years he was well-known and beloved by his patients for his expertise, as well as for the gentle caring, kindness and compassion that were the hallmarks of his professional ethic. Recognized and admired as a leader in his profession, Dr. Miranda was devoted to his patients' well-being, and committed to 'doing it right,' keeping his dedicated team at the forefront of critical practice in dental health. As a result he was the recipient of such diverse awards as "Best Cosmetic Dentist of 2003" by "D" Magazine, "Texas Super Dentist of 2005 and 2007" by Texas Monthly Magazine, and "Best Dentist in America for 2004 and 2007," by the Consumers Research Council. In both his professional and personal life, Joe was a man of profound faith. The Miranda family are long-time parishioners of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, members of CRHP, and are well-known for their community involvement and charitable giving. Joe established a scholarship at St. Thomas Aquinas School in his father's honor. He was also a co-leader of the Crown Council's 'Smiles for Hope' dental mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 2009, which he proudly undertook with his daughters. A deeply committed father, Joe was involved in his children's school activities and sports. As a former Eagle Scout, he was an enthusiastic participant in the Boy Scouts of America with his son. Joe was also a committed endurance cyclist and runner, who used his athleticism to raise funds and awareness for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program following his own diagnosis of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Throughout his fight with cancer, his commitment to his family was unwavering and during the past five years, he fought his disease head-on, with characteristic tenacity.Joe was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his loving mother Gloria Miranda Lambert, sisters Debra M. McGiboney and her husband Wayne, Sandra M. Garza, husband Raul and their family, and his brother Gerald Miranda and his family, and numerous extended family members, but most especially by his wife, Kristi and his children, Audrey, Sabrina and Vincent. His legacy to his family and friends, and to his family of clients is the ongoing dental practice he carefully and lovingly built to serve them. Services will be held on Monday, May 30, 2011 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 6306 Kenwood Ave., Dallas, with a Rosary at 11:30am, followed by a Funeral Mass at 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org), or the Joseph Miranda Scholarship Fund at St. Thomas Aquinas School (www.staschool.org).
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Published in Dallas Morning News from May 28 to May 29, 2011