Jose Rodriguez Jr. passed away following his battle with cancer on Sunday, Feb. 4, while at his home. He was 52 years old.
Services for Joe will be held at St. Malachy Catholic Church, 407 W. E St., Tehachapi, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. A memorial service will be held following the funeral.
Joe was born in Los Angeles, Calif., to Jose Rodriguez Sr. and Dolores Rodriguez. He graduated from West Covina High School in 1983 and joined the Navy in the summer of that year. His notable accomplishments in the Navy include serving aboard the spy ship USS La Salle (the “Great White Ghost of the Arabian Coast”), the USS Missouri when she was reactivated by Ronald Reagan for her world tour, as well as her decommissioning. With the Navy, Joe traveled to many places, including Rota, Spain, Djibouti in Africa, The Red Sea, Kenya, and the island of Diego Garcia.
While on leave from the Navy in the summer of 1985, Joe met his future wife, Christina Lewis, in San Dimas, Calif. Joe and Christina were wed in December of the same year and produced four beautiful boys, Joey III, Fabian, Anthony and Damian. Following the loss of Joey III in 1986, Joe got out of the Navy and entered into a life of sales. He sold everything from cars in Los Angeles and Bakersfield to honey in Tehachapi, Rosamond and Mojave.
Joe’s hobbies included sports, especially Dodgers baseball, raising animals, and traveling with his family. In the ‘90s he coached youth baseball in Bakersfield at Greenfield, Southwest, Northwest, North of the River, and Bakersfield Little League. He created a traveling baseball team called the Bakersfield Trappers, and traveled with the team from Modesto to Atascadero and Las Vegas.
Joe was an avid attendee of the Kern County Fair, as well as the Tehachapi Rodeo. He also frequented the animal auction off Hosking Avenue in Bakersfield with his boys, and following its closure, he began frequenting the Lancaster Livestock Auction, where he bought and sold many chickens and goats. He is remembered in Rosamond as the “Honey Cowboy,” selling local honey alongside Rosamond Boulevard. He is best remembered for his magnetic personality. He was a talker who always focused on the positives and loved to talk about his sons, baseball, and animals.
Joe is survived by his wife, Christina; his sons, Fabian, Anthony and Damian; his five grandchildren, Emily, Addison, Levi, Roland and Blake; his mother and father, Dolores and Jose; his two brothers, Manuel and Ralph; and his paternal grandmother, Nellie Galindo. He was preceded in death by his son, Joey III; his maternal grandparents, Delfino and Blandina Serna; as well as his paternal grandfather, Rafael Galindo. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org/give.
Wood Family Funeral Service was entrusted with his care. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.