Jose G. “Joe” Avila Jr. 73, died on July 26, 2018 at Seaside Rehab and Health Care in Portland,
ME. after a long illness and while in Hospice Care.
He was born in McAllen, TX, son of Josefina Gonzalez and Jose G. Avila. He grew up in
Defiance OH where he co-captained the DHS Bulldog football team which won the state
championship in 1962 and named to the All-Ohio Second Team. He was a member of the
National Honor Society, and president of the 1963 senior class. Recently he was honored as
“Outstanding Defensive Player” in the DHS Hall of Fame.
He attended University of Toledo on a full athletic scholarship and was active in the ROTC
program, graduating in 1967 with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering.
Upon graduation he joined the US Air Force and was based in Panama City, FL and had the
rank of staff sergeant upon discharge.
He was employed by Libby Owens in Perrysburg OH and later moved to McLouth Steel working
first in Monroe, MI and later transferred to Ironton OH. In his later years he lived in McAllen TX,
where he developed and taught a unique system of learning ESL for adult learners. In McAllen
TX he worked with the local schools, organizing events to encourage student and family
participation. San Antonio was home until he moved to Maine in 2013 as his health declined.
HIs passions included fishing, playing golf and creating both vegetable and flower gardens. He
was constantly involved in home improvement projects, an avid reader and wonderful story
teller, above all he was an excellent dancer. Joe valued family life and was at his best cooking
at all family celebrations. He excelled in technical writing and wrote poetry for friends and family.
He was predeceased by his mother, Josefina G Hernandez, step-father, Jose Angel Hernandez
and father Jose G Avila. He is survived by his son, Jose G. Avila III and his wife Tina and his
grandson, Kane Avila of Malabar FL., his siblings, Maria Oralia Ruiz of Findlay OH, Imelda
Schaefer of Portland ME, Hilda Hernandez of Portland ME Homero Hernandez of Las Vegas NV and Linda Donahue of Windham ME.
The family extends their deep appreciation to the VA Maine Health Care system and staff as
well as to the Beacon Hospice team for their help in his care.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by A.T.Hutchins Funeral Home.