1) Where were you born and on what date?
October 28, 1946.
2) Where were your parents from and what did they do? What brought them to San Ysidro?
Dad – Tepic, Nayarit, México – Entrepreneur
Mom – Ensenada, Baja California, México
We moved here to get an education.
3) How many siblings did you have and what place were you in the family? (Eldest, middle, youngest?)
3 brothers, 2 sisters, middle.
4) Which schools did you attend?
San Ysidro Academy to 5th grade
Sunset School – 6th grade
Southwest Jr. High 7 – 9
Mar Vista High
Southwestern College – AA
San Diego State – AB
University of California – Adult Ed. Teaching Credentials
Southwestern College – Legal – Medical Translator
5) What was your favorite past time?
Basketball, Tennis, Hunting, Fishing
6) Where did you work?
City of San Diego Parks & Recreation
7) Who did you marry?
Irma Alicia Ponce-Barrón
8) Where did you end up settling?
9) How many children did you have and where did they end up settling? What did they end up doing professionally?
Son, Joe III (Deceased)
Daughter, Pam lives in Eastlake – Psychologist
10) What is your fondest memory of San Ysidro?
The Halloween Carnivals at Sunset School
The New Year’s Day Bean Bowl (Tackle football played on the lawn at Southwest Jr. High
Hunting rabbits up in the hills
Playing basketball at the Civic Center
The San Ysidro Mother’s Club
Playing in the “wilds” along the railroad tracks.
San Ysidro was an integral part of our formation. I always wonder what my life would have been like had we moved away like my father wanted but looking back, I wouldn’t change much. It was very different back then with less than 3000 people living in the community and most people knew each other.
A side note: While visiting Joyce Hettich in her home one day I mentioned I had had a dream about the park and told her there were white statues all over the park and a stream running through the middle of it. She exclaimed that’s the way it was originally. That’s kind of strange because I never knew that before and had never heard anyone mention that fact. Does anyone have photos or remember that?