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1948 Joe 2018

Joe Perales

October 5, 1948 — January 5, 2018

Joe A. Perales passed into his heavenly home on January 5, 2018 with Susan, his family, and friends at his side. Heaven received a good man with a good heart and those who knew and loved him will forever miss his presence in their lives. Joe lived life to the fullest, enjoying the smallest joys in every day. His many many friends were of every age and from every situation in life.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the home of Susan and Joe Perales. 4950 FM 610 Rotan, Texas 79546 (10 miles west of Aspermont, Texas) Directed by Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. Wear your boots and bring your lawn chairs.
Joe's great joys were Susan, grandkids, his family and friends, and his life-long love of horses. Joe's life was one fun adventure after another, always involving horses. Horses put him in the paths of people who became friends and family, who he never lost touch with, and loved until the end.
As a young boy, he started riding match races at area brush tracks having a blast. With his riding talent and fearlessness, this led him to a seventeen year career as a TB and QH jockey, riding at tracks from the East Coast to the South West.
For a young boy from a small town in Texas, it was quite an eye opener to experience riding and living in New York, where he also modeled men's clothing for a short while. Not many people knew that about Joe, and I know many of his buddies would like to kid him about it, if they could. Joe rode his last race at Ruidoso Downs in 1980.
His next adventure led he and Susan to San Angelo, where he worked at and then ran a feed lot. Horses were still his daily joy and still his way of making a living. No matter the weather, he loved riding young horses, checking pens, and taking care of cattle. During this time in his life he decided he wanted to learn to team rope. He did learn on his own, and became a very good, talented header. The fun he had at ropings and practices with his friends was very special to him.
Joe's third most rewarding and last adventure began in 1999 when he and Susan moved home to Stonewall County. They built a good life there that he dearly loved, surrounded again by horses. He bought a 2 year old Grulla quarter horse stud, Sterling Addition, out of Oregon, who became the most loved horse in his life and the foundation of their quarter horse breeding program.
He purchased the Feed Store in Aspermont, and ran J & S Feed for 6 years. Some days, more stories and BS took place than feed sales and Joe loved every minute of it. He might possibly have been the biggest BS'er.
As best friends and soulmates, Joe and Susan loved their 30 years of marriage together. They roped together, cared for their horses together, worked together, and enjoyed grandkids and family together. One of their summertime favorites was having coffee on the back porch, before daylight, talking about their day and enjoying the dogs.
Joe was a Christian who had a private relationship with his God. He always knew where he came from and where he was going.
Joe's hobbies were spending time and making memories with grandkids, team roping, NFL, and "trading". A born "trader" he traded everything from horses, cattle, trailers, knives, pickups, you name it. He was always a shrewd trader and his trading buddies can attest that he nearly always came out on the best end of the trade.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, John and Leonor Perales, his twin brother, Joe Alfred Perales, and sisters, Albina Morales and Emily Molina.
Joe is survived by his wife Susan, daughter, Felicia McCalister (Joe), son Ryan Perales (Teresa), and nephew-like-a-son, Ty Daws (Whitney), Grandkids, Madison Perales, Kynleigh and Kamryn McCalister, Jaylee Vallejo and Beau Wilson Daws, sister Frances Garcia (Alex), Adela Perales and brothers Tony Perales (Hortencia), Johnny Perales (Sherry), Rudy Perales(Kim), mother-in-law, Tennie Cade; a sister-in-law Terri Daws: and Brothers-in-law Mike Cade (Lisa), Pete Molina, and Tony Molina, many beloved nieces, and nephews, and his beloved horse, 26 year old, Sterling Addition.
He loved roses but would much rather you spend your money on helping any children's organization.
If you had a conversation with, roped with, worked with or traded with Joe, know he always enjoyed time spent with friends.
As a dear friend of Joe's said, "no more missed loops" "Adios Amigo."


Celebration of Life

Home of deceased
4950 FM 610
Rotan, TX  79546
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
2:00 pm
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