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Jose Manuel Rizo "Joe" as he was known by his friends, passed away on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the spirited age of 67. He is preceded in death by his wife Luz Elena Rizo and survived by his two children: Edith and Andrew and grandson: Aaron. He was born in Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and eventually moved to El Paso, Texas with his parents Jose Liberato Rizo and Rosa Vaquera Rodriguez and his three sisters: Fermina, Margarita and Maria de Lourdes, while still in grade school. He lived the majority of his young life with his uncle Dario and Carmen Rizo and learned the value of friendships when he met Robert "Bobby" Rivera. He grew up having learned valuable lesson and went on to make many long lasting friendships with the many good people who crossed his life's path. Despite challenging beginnings, Joe was a man of convictions and determination. He believed in himself and embraced the essence of the word "opportunity". He was a man of strong will and character, though some may misconstrue that as stubbornness, it was what defined him and made him great. Because of these traits he excelled at tennis in high school (Bowie Class of the 1965), enlisted in the United States Army and put himself through college at the University of Texas at El Paso. In 1973 he graduated with a BSEE and went to work for El Paso Natural Gas Co. His passion was engineering. He loved the work he did and often said that electrical engineering required imagination because electricity could not be seen, yet it could be used to replicate or explain any mechanical force, pressure flow or civil structure. He said as an EE I can communicate to any other engineering discipline and get my point across. This is what made him one of the best, well respected and most sought after professional electrical engineer in two countries. As a father and father figure, he led by example. He did not accept failure and scoffed at the words "I can?t". He was tough on his own kids and tougher on those he took under his wings, mentored and integrated into his little family: Cynthia Cruz (Gutierrez) and Ivette Gutierrez and Rogelio Gutierrez (no relations). My father, Jose Manuel Rizo had a heart of gold. He wanted the best for those in his life regardless of what part they played, but he wanted to understand that hard work and sacrifice were the seeds needed to be sowed in order to reap what each individual would consider to be their goal. We love you Dad/Grandpa/Friend/Uncle/Brother/Brother-in-law. You are sincerely and deeply missed. Graveside service will be at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. Service under the direction of HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME 1060 Carolina 598-3332

Published in El Paso Times from Nov. 19 to Nov. 26, 2013
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