In loving memory of Joseph Lee “Tank” Perea, #40. He had a name and number that has an abundance of importance to us. He was an amazing son, brother, and friend. He loved hunting, fishing, his family and sports.
Joseph recognized in 1999-2000 with awards in both football and wrestling, such as the Spark Plug award and the Outstanding Wrestler award,, which was won in a year when he had a perfect record in wrestling and went 38-0 to become State Champ. He continued to excel in sports and strive for better.
In his high school years, as a Ray Bearcat, he stayed active in sports. Then, Nov. 7, 2002, a date that brings family, friends and a community great sorrow, Joseph’s life was tragically ripped away from him in a car accident. We were left stunned by the news that the person we loved so dearly had passed.
He was survived by his mom, Lindy; da, Jose; stepfather, Julio; brothers and sisters: JoAnn, Michael, Raymond, Adrieanne, Amanda and Andrea.
Here we are, 11 years later. We still hurt; and miss and love him, dearly. He’s gone, but, most definitely never forgotten. For all his football team and everyone who came together to embrace us, the candlelight vigils, memorials, ones who continue to stop by his family homes, we want to say thank you. It means more than you would ever know.
So, here’s to you, Joe, J.P. #40 on 3! May you, forever, rest in peace.