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Joseph Michael Jimenez, 64, of Pasco, Wash., passed away at home surrounded by his family, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011.
He was born to Michael Joseph Jimenez and Opal Loa Jimenez on Nov. 11, 1947, in Blackfoot and was the oldest of five children.
Joe met Jacque Benson in 1973 and the two were together from that time on. Joe and Jacque have two daughters: Hillary (Danny) Legard, Katie Jimenez,
and four grandchildren: Erik, Ethan, Kenadee and Brooklyn Legard of Pasco, Wash.
He is survived by his wife, two children, and grandchildren; his mother Opal Loa Jimenez, brothers Steve Jimenez, Dennis Jimenez, Shane Jimenez and sister Barbara Kosizek.
His father, Michael Joseph Jimenez, preceded him in death.
Joe worked in the exploratory drilling profession throughout the Northwest, Southwest and Alaska from 1973-1979. In 1979, he moved his family to Tri-Cities, Wash., where he was a residential construction foreman for his uncle. Shortly thereafter, Joe had the opportunity to use his extensive drilling experience and was hired at Hanford.
Joe was kind, respected, admired, and appreciated by family, friends and co-workers. He had a way of bringing out the best in people.
Joe retired in 2007 with his soulmate Jacque. Before their retirement they purchased a second home in the mountains outside Challis. Joeâ€™s love for the outdoors was his passion. He loved to hunt, exaggerate about how big the fish were he caught, go 4-wheeling from the driveway of the Challis home and hike the mountains of Idaho. In 2008, Joe hiked the highest mountain in Idaho, Mount Borah.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Saint Patrickâ€™s Church, 1320 W. Henry St., Pasco, Wash.
After the funeral, graveside services and burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 915 By-Pass Hwy, Richland, WA 99352.
Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Einanâ€™s Funeral Home, Richland, Wash.
Following the graveside services, a reception will be held at Saint Patrickâ€™s Reception Hall.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Jose Ness and his staff, as well as the Lower Valley Hospice staff for their wonderful care of Joe.
Memorial contributions can be made in lieu of flowers to Lower Valley Hospice, 3920 Outlook Rd., Sunnyside, WA 98944 or UW Foundation at giving.uw.edu/make-a-gift for the Brain Tumor Research Fund.
Express your thoughts and memories in the online guest book at www.einansfuneralhome.com.