Visitation will be held at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission from 2 to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Mission. Burial will follow at El Toro Cemetery in San Perlita.
Correa’s lasting imprint of “service over self” was recently recognized when the district’s agriculture farm was renamed in his honor last month. A sign created by students in the welding program now stands at the entrance of the newly-designated “Jose ‘Joe’ Correa, Jr. Agriculture Science Lab.”
Veterans Memorial High agriculture teacher Ruben Alaniz stated he was “deeply saddened” with the news of Correa’s passing. Alaniz’s association with Correa began in his youth when he was a student at Mission High and continued when he also became an agriculture teacher and worked alongside Correa for almost seven years.
“He was a very important person in my life,” Alaniz said. “He was the second most influential person in my life besides my father. He was a great role model for me and many others.”
Alaniz expressed admiration for Correa’s character traits with the students and in his personal life.
“He was a man of great integrity and moral values. He was a very hard-working and honest man that loved to work with kids. He spent countless hours working with students’ animal projects and helping them fill out applications for awards. He was always trying to bring out the best in the students. He gave up a lot of his personal time to help and to make sure they succeeded,” he said.
Correa dedicated 32 years to the district before retiring in 1997. A Valley native born and raised in San Perlita, he earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Texas A&I in Kingsville in 1958 and received his master’s degree in education from there in 1966 just before he came to the Mission school district.
During his professional career, Correa was nominated to a number of state and national committees and groups. He served as president of the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas and on the advisory committee for the Texas Examination of Current Administrators and Teachers. He was involved with the Mission Teachers Federal Credit Union, and, in 1996, he was called on by the U.S. Department of Education to participate with the National Work Group.
Correa’s service to the community was as vital as his professional associations. He was an active member of the Mission Lions Club, worked with the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville and with the Texas Citrus Fiesta. For distinguishing himself in service to the community, he was honored in 1981 as Mission’s “Man of the Year.”
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