Jose Angel Rodriguez
Jose Angel Rodriguez
  • January 22, 1972 - March 22, 2017
  • Texas

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Jose "Joey" Rodriguez, 45, of Grand Prairie, Texas, joined his beloved mother and sister on March 22, 2017. Joey was born in Dallas, TX January 22, 1972. As a child, he loved family reunions, barbecues, and popping firecrackers with aunts, uncles, and cousins. Since he was a kid with an outgoing personality, it was inevitable that many would gravitate to him. Whether it was sports, catching crawdads, or just bike riding on January trails, he enjoyed having friends around. But friends became family, and family became a theme for the rest of his life. Joey carried that loyal disposition on to South Grand Prairie High School where he enjoyed trade school classes, cruising Cooper, and being the life of the party. However, his dedication was to his friends and family and he always had their backs. After graduating in 1990, Joey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During the Gulf War Era, he participated in such important assignments as Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. That service created a comradery that lasted a lifetime; brothers whom he kept close through the years.

Joey started his career 22 years ago with the City of Arlington Water Department and then transitioned to Code Enforcement. While working for the City, his charismatic personality won the hearts of many; they gave him the nickname "Deebo" and coworkers became family. That could be the reason he never wanted to miss a day of work. While he was at the City, something happened that would change Joey's life forever. His beautiful daughter was born. Although his devotion to his extended family continued, his focus became Amaya whom he loved and cherished. Her enthusiasm for karate introduced him to yet another family that would take him on journeys all over the country, but the need for tireless effort didn't faze him because of the pride he had for Amaya.
Since he was a child, Joey had a passion for low-riders and motorcycles. It's no coincidence he became a member of La Familia M.C. That Club would be his family as well. From childhood friends to Marine Corps, from career to all started with Joey's "never met a stranger" attitude, and they all earned the title of family. Joey is survived by his father, Joe, daughter, Amaya, and brother, Billy. He was preceded in death by his mother, Yolanda, and sister, Esther.

A funeral mass will be held at Saint Michael the Archangel in Grand Prairie at 11:00am on Friday, April 7th. There will be a ceremony at 12:30pm with the Marine Funeral Honor Guard at the National Cemetery in Dallas. Friends and family are invited to a luncheon at Saint Michael's afterwards.