Joseph Richard Pais
December 3, 1929 - December 18, 2019
Joseph Richard Pais was born December 3rd, 1929. Joe moved his family to Sierra Vista from Japan in 1974. He passed on December 18th, 2019 in Tucson after a long and productive life.
Joe was born in Detroit, Michigan and remained there for the first 22 years of his life. He joined the Army and was a Korean War vet and spent the next 39 years in Federal service.
After his retirement he was an active volunteer. He served as President of NARF and worked tirelessly with the Gem and Mineral clubs donating his time leading field trips, teaching and sharing his minerals with the kids. His hobbies included: gardening, fishing, wine, writing, reading and he never quit learning. He was studying organic chemistry when he passed.
Joe is survived by his wife Yuki whom he married in Japan in 1958 , a Daughter Margery and Dennis Sherwood of Sierra Vista, brother Don and Nancy of Michigan and Florida and sister Carol and Tom Demery of Virginia.
Mass will be held of Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. A private interment will take place at a later date.
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