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Joseph Thomas Alvarez III

1942 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Joseph Thomas Alvarez III Obituary
Alvarez III, Joseph Thomas RANCHO SANTA FE -- Mr. Alvarez was born on January 11, 1942 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and passed away from heart failure on April 30, 2014, at Scripps Encinitas. He was a resident of San Diego County for 61 years, and lived in Rancho Santa Fe, CA since 1967. Joseph was the only child of M. Helen Smith (Harmon) and Joseph T. Alvarez, Jr. and is predeceased by his parents and stepfather, C. Arnholt Smith. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lisa Alvarez (Dominguez), of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, daughters Devonee Alfrey (Joseph) of Carlsbad, CA, Christina Alvarez of Carlsbad, CA, Kennedy Alvarez of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, and grandsons Patrick and Timothy Alfrey of Carlsbad, CA. Joe spent his early childhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He moved to La Jolla, CA in 1954. His youthful summers were spent handicapping horses poolside at the Del Charro Hotel in La Jolla, the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, Windansea Beach and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Joe attended Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad, CA, St. Agustine's in San Diego, La Jolla High School and graduated from Judson Preparatory Academy in Scottsdale, AZ. He attended Menlo Business College. Joe was a longtime parishioner of the Church of the Nativity in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. He was also a 50 year member of the Del Mar Turf Club, a racing enthusiast, and a respected horse breeder. Joe campaigned a number of Graded Stakes winning horses during his lifetime. He was an avid sportsman, and enjoyed Jai-Alai, handball, shooting and fishing. He was also a foremost expert in Harry Jackson bronze sculptures and western art works, and an avid art collector. Mr. Alvarez was the original Licensee from the Federal Communications Commission for what is currently Fox Affiliate KSWB, the former KTTY Channel 69. Mr. Alvarez was a majority share holder of KTTY Cannel 69 when the television station was sold to the Chicago Tribune in 1996. Joe's appreciation of wine and exquisite palate inspired him to travel to renowned vineyards around the globe and he had the pleasure of being the guest of world famous winemakers. As a young man growing up in La Jolla, Joe was asked to serve as a consultant for the newly opening Sea World in San Diego and Scripps Institute of Oceanography, due to his vast knowledge of fresh water fish. Services: Rosary, Monday, May 12th, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity, Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Funeral Mass, Tuesday, May 13th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity, Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Interment, Wednesday, May 14th, at 11:00 a.m. at Old Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside, CA. Gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Joseph Alvarez American Western Art Education & Awareness Fund at the San Diego Foundation. Contributions can be made payable to TSDF with Joseph Alvarez American Western Art Education & Awareness Fund in the memo and mailed to 2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 200, San Diego, CA 92106 or over the phone by calling (619) 235-2300.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on May 11, 2014
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