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Joaquín Pérez Durán

March 31, 1938 ~ April 14, 2019 (age 81)

Obituary

Joaquı́n Pérez  Durán

Resident of San José, California

 March 31, 1938 – April 14, 2019

 

Joaquı́n was born in Barcelona, Spain, near the end of the Spanish Civil War and the

beginning of WW II.   He  and his mother spent several years in a detention camp, (separate

from his father) and were later released.  They left France, returned to Spain and lived in

Malága with his grandparents and 13 aunts and uncles.   Joaquin’s  father fought with the

French Resistance after being exiled to France, by Franco.  His father was turned over to the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp in Mauthausen, Austria, where he died.

They lived in Malága when he was a young boy and went to school. His mother later remarried, and Joaquı́n was joined by a younger sister, Margarita.

As a youth, Joaquı́n enjoyed playing fútbol (soccer), despite his mother’s strong

objections, often sneaking out and borrowing cleats from friends so he could play. 

Joaquı́n excelled in his studies at school, as well.  With the encouragement and

support of Jesuit priests, on both sides of the Atlantic, Joaquıń emigrated from Spain

to California at the age of 17, and embarked on a lifelong pursuit of higher education.

Between the years 1959 and 1999, Joaquı́n earned the following degrees:  BS,

Mathematics, University of San Diego; BS, Computer Science, Santa Clara University;

MS, Engineering, SCU; BS, Business, National University; MS, Engineering

Technology, San José State University.

After a short stint with PG&E, Joaquı́n began a long career with IBM, in the mid

1960’s, working primarily at the Cottle Road and Almaden Research Center

locations.  During the latter part of his career, Joaquı́n also taught engineering and

business classes, at National University and Evergreen Valley College, while still

working full-time at IBM.

Outside of work, Joaquıń was an active volunteer with Amnesty International, Friends Outside,

Loaves & Fishes, Martha’s Kitchen, youth soccer, a home for quadriplegics, and many other

worthy causes.  Joaquıń was particularly gratified by his commitment to the US

Coast Guard Auxiliary – he was proud to wear the uniform, provide service to

others, and loved to spend time on the ocean.  Joaquı́n enjoyed traveling and

experiencing the world.  During his career, he made trips to Europe and Mexico.

After retiring, he traveled extensively with his wife, Victoria, and particularly

enjoyed lengthy repositioning cruises.  Joaquıń was able to visit a host of countries

throughout the world; one of the few places he wished to visit, but was unable to,

was Antarctica.

Joaquı́n is survived by his loving wife, Victoria;  proud father & father-in-law to Nena

Lehane (Andrew), Elise Durán, Francisco “Paco” Durán (Laura), Cristina DeRuiter

(Scott), and Ana Miliozzi (Paolo);  caring “Abuelito” to Christopher Lehane, Nicolas

and David DeRuiter, Monica and Christian Miliozzi, and Joaquin and Eva Durán.  He

is survived by numerous relatives in Spain, including his sister Margarita Lopez

(Benito), cousins Antoñita, Mari Carmen (Pedro), Nathalie, Francisco, and many

more.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Natividad Durán, father, Francisco

Perez Sanchez, and step-father Manolo Navarro.

We are privileged to have had him as our father (“Pops”), and are profoundly

grateful for his love, support, commitment, generosity, patience and care.  He endeavored to

put his deep Catholic faith into practice daily, and set an example of humility,

integrity, and philanthropy.  It was an honor to be with him in his Final days and

hours.  We miss him dearly.

Our heartfelt and sincere appreciation to his loving wife, Victoria, who patiently

cared for him, and brought him so much happiness:  Thank You so much.

They brought us together to enjoy many happy family gatherings & celebrations.

They were companions and friends, enjoyed daily walks, shared a sense of adventure

and love of travel.  They enjoyed seeing so much of the world together. And were also

faithful to their church, 5pm mass, & volunteering at their parish, St. Francis of Assisi.

Victoria’s extraordinary efforts in the past year, to care & comfort him, attend doctor visits,

& cook anything that sounded remotely appetizing to dad.  He suffered greatly

with taste buds that made all food taste like “straw”.  She would prepare wonderful food

to encourage him to eat, and often he’d only a have a few bites.  She was understanding

& patient.  We are so grateful.

 

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 2 p.m. at St. Francis of

Assisi Church, 5111 San Felipe Rd, San José, CA  95138. 

Reception to follow - details will be provided at the service.

In lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to:

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen

1534 Berger Drive San José, CA 95112

(408) 922-9285

Second Harvest Food Bank

750 Curtner Ave. San José, CA  95125

(408) 266-8866

To send flowers to Joaquín's family, please visit our floral section.


Services

Memorial Mass
Saturday
May 4, 2019

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
St Francis of Assisi Church
5111 San Felipe Rd
San Jose, CA 95135

Donations

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
1534 Berger Drive, San Jose CA 95112
Tel: 1-408-922-9285

Second Harvest Food Bank
750 Curtner Ave, San Jose CA 95125
Tel: 1-408-266-8866

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