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.”
We are sorry to hear about Joe. He was a great man. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Gary Dorothy and Shelly GranzinMiles, TX
Our prayers go out to family and friends
Christine GonzalesLUBBOCK, TX
I'm so sorry about Joe's passing. He was such a great guy. My prayers are for you and the entire family!
Pat HillAbilene, TX
Susan, I'm so sorry for your loss, I never saw either of you without the other, I'll always remember that, our prayers are with you.
Kathy Bruton Tucker & Parks TuckerSan Angelo, TX
Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time for all the family.
Tim and Sharon CarrilloSweetwater, TX
We are sorry for your loss, our love and prayers are with you and your family.
Larry and Judy DickersonAspermont, TX
Larry and Judy DickersonAspermont, TX
Dear Susan, I am so sorry for your loss....Prayers for your strength....love and hugs Ronda May
Ronda MayWeatherford, TX
Our love and prayers go out to you .
Billy and Jana BeauchampAspermont, TX
Susan I’m so sorry for your loss. God is with you and will be with you through this time of grief. He will give you strength and courage. I’m praying for you and your family. God bless you.
Debbie ChitwoodAspermont, TX
Susan I am so sorry to hear about Joe! You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tina JonesAspermont, TX
Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and the family.
John and Kimberly McGough
John and Kimberly McGoughHouston, TX
So sorry for your loss! Susan my heart breaks for you! Joe was a great man!
Carla ClarkAspermont, TX
So sorry for your loss Susan. Prayers for you and the family!
Geary & Debra MeadorAspermont, TX
Sorry for you loss Aunt Susan. You’re in our prayers as well as the whole family. Wish we could be there Wednesday.
We love you!
D’lyse Perales, Gianna, Leviticus & Trevor TiptonThe Woodlands, TX
Olga CASTROAustin, TX
We are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you and the family!
Geary & Debra MeadorAspermont, TX
Susan, Sammy and I were so very sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. Our deepest condolences. You are in our prayers, may God bless you with peace and comfort and hold you steady and close to His heart.
Sammy and Leigh NauertStamford, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with you Susan and the family. I enjoyed the short time that I worked with Joe and you at the feed store. Joe gave me some great advise when I was in a really bad spot and I will never forget it. Again, I am so very sorry for your loss Susan!
Tammy GibsonAspermont, TX
Susan, we are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We enjoyed visiting with you and Joe over the years at the STRA ropings.
Rink & Delaina
Rink Davis and Delaina HendersonBridgeport, TX
Susan, Glen and I wanted you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss. Wishing you peace and comfort as time passes.
Kathy MurphreeRoby, TX
I am sor sorry for your loss.
Scott MetcalfSanta Fe, NM
Susan and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Fairy GrahamClyde, TX
Know that heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Betty McGoughAspermont, TX
Our deepest sympathies.
John & Brenda B. HawkinsLubbock, TX
Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Prayers for peace and strength..
Von & Rudy Martinez
Von MartinezAlvin, TX
So very sorry. God bless you and all your family.
Bill and Ann, TX
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers for all of the family.
Robert and Janet BranchAspermont, TX
So sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
John and Diana JouettAspermont, TX