Joe Pico, known to friends as “Coach Pico,” quietly passed away in his home on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the age of 84.
Joe will be lovingly remembered by his dear wife, Shirley, of 63 years, and his children, Les (Rita), Jeff (Darleen), Brad (Christy), Julie (Joe), Robert (Farrine), and Lisa. Joe will also be fondly remembered by his 24 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Additionally, Joe is survived by LaReece Morris (sister-in-law), Delores Ramos (sister), and Rudy Ramos (brother-in-law). Joe was predeceased by his sister, Mendora Pico.
Joe was born in El Paso, Texas in 1934. He was primarily raised in Los Angeles, California. Joe served in the armed forces (Korean War Conflict), graduated from ASU, and received his Master’s Degree from ASU. Joe was also a letterman on the Sun Devil Football Team. In the early 60’s Joe was awarded the “Cecil Abono Outstanding Captain Award” back to back (1962 and 1963). This award has never been given back to back since this occasion. Joe was recognized for his outstanding offensive line play and team leadership skills.
Joe taught Psychology, Physical Education, Drivers Education, and coached football and wrestling for many years (Prescott Unified School District, Mesa Unified School District, and Gilbert Unified School District). He had a profound impact on many youths. After his coaching stint was complete, Joe entered high school district administration. He became a successful Athletic Director for many years. Because of his integrity and dedication to his work, he was admired and loved by many.
Joe also served faithfully in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There he worked with youth groups and assisted in many fundraisers for the youth organization. All the way until his dying days, one could find Joe in the service of his fellow men.
All are welcome to attend a viewing on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:00am at the Stake Center located at 2228 East Brown Road, Mesa, Arizona 85213.