Jose Isabel Reyes, Jr. of Las Cruces, New Mexico, formerly of Levelland, departed this world on January, 27, 2021.
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions the family had a limited attendance rosary and funeral mass on February 3, at St. Albert the Great, Newman Center in Las Cruces.
He was born to Jose I Reyes, Sr. and Florencia Resendez July 19, 1961, in Morton.
The family moved to Levelland in 1972.
He played little league and high school baseball and basketball. He was a graduate of Levelland High School class of 1980.
Jose worked at the Levelland Vegetable Oil Mill and then Paul Musslewhite Trucking for 22 years.
On July 27, 1992, he married Christine Hernandez. They were married 28 years and have two children, Jose I. Reyes, III and Juliana M. Reyes.
In 2003, Jose and his family moved to Manhattan, Kansas, to pursue higher education.
While at K-State, Jose became a coach with the Club Fastpitch Softball team.
He coached for eight years and lead the team to a national runner-up title in 2005.
Jose was also a part- time school bus driver for USD 383 in Manhattan. During his time in Manhattan he coached youth sports: basketball, softball and baseball.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and juvenile justice at KSU in 2010.
Then went to work for the department of youth corrections in St. Joe Missouri helping young men earn a GED while incarcerated.
In 2014, the family moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Mr. Joe became a special needs education assistant with Las Cruces Public Schools at Centennial High School and Sonoma Elementary.
He coached high school softball at Centennial from 2015 to 2018. Centennial won the 5A state championship in 2016. His final coaching stop was Las Cruces High School in 2019.
Jose was known to many by different names: Jojo, Joe, Mr. Joe and coach. He loved each of his titles, but they seemed to give him purpose.
As Jose was the proud son of a hardworking father and mother, Jojo was his school name, Joe his adult working name, Mr. Joe his student’s name and coach from the time he was 19 years old. They all seemed to fit, his big personality.
Jose was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Florencia; his beloved uncle, Juan; and brother-in-law, Rumaldo Tienda.
He is survived by his wife, Christine, and their two children, Jose III (Iryidan) and Juliana (Brenden).
Jose was the oldest of seven children. He will be missed by his family: brothers: David Reyes (Patti, Ashley, D.J., Amber, Bob, Mason and Lilly), Tony (Alicia, Debra, Phillip, Hailey, Antonio, Jr. and Adrian); sisters: Olivia Tienda (John, Noemi, Jazlyn, Luke, Jordyn, Stephanie De La Rosa, Michael, Amy Campos, Ray, Alanis, Jose, Nehemiah and Elijah) Mary Lou Reyes (Aubri), Irma Linda Reyes-Brackens (Danny, Marilyn, Jerry, Katie) and Mary Helen Myers (Shane, Brock, Colt and Madison).