Jose "Joe" Cortez passed away on Friday, December 5, 2020 at the age of 67 after a brief battle with an aggressive form of Brain Cancer in El Centro, CA. Joe was born on February 18, 1953 in Tototlan, Jalisco, Mexico. He immigrated to the United States as a child. He married Catherine L. Salazar, his high school sweetheart. Together they raised five children, Virginia, Joe Jr., Krystal, Jai, and Joel Cortez. Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Joe was a Sales Representative for Imperial Valley Dodge, Womack Motors and Imperial Valley Auto. In addition to his children, Joe is survived by his sister, Laura Perez; brother, Leo Villasenor; 18 grandchildren, 2 great- grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Joe was predeceased by his mother, Maria Santos Cortez Peters and his grandson, Daniel Cortez. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 a.m. at Hems Brothers Mortuary in El Centro. Graveside service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, El Centro and will be officiated by Father Edward Horning.
Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2021.