Joe Masso, a longtime businessman and entrepreneur, passed away May 30, 2018, with his family by his side, in Lubbock, TX. He was born on March 15, 1923, in Monterrey, Mexico to Khalil Ishaq El-Massu and Carmen Faraon Chaul. Joe was one of ten children born into the family.
Mr. Masso was preceded in death by his wife, Claire, of 54 years. He is survived by 8 children: Tony and wife, Angie; Margaret and husband, Steve; Joe and wife, Jan; Sammy and wife, Jeanette; Claire and husband, Bill; Gloria and husband, Gary; Eddie and wife, Gloria and David.
He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Tony (Angela), Jean Paul (Sharon), Marcela (Rishi), Jadd (Christina), Jill (Gene), Benjamin, Jacob, Jim, Cathy, Dillon, Amber, Matthew; and 15 great- grandchildren Nicholas, Morgan, Isabella, Julianna, Paolo, Valentina, Luca, Ivy, Piper, Levi, Georgia, Spencer, Josh, Kaylee, Shane. He is also survived by many, many loving nieces and nephews and their children.
Mr. Masso is preceded in death by three brothers, Carlos, Eli and George and is survived by brother, John (Las Vegas), and sisters, Linda Malouf (Friona), Olga Marina (Dallas), Mary Massad (Tulsa), Viola Farhat (Eagle Pass) and Georgette Isaac (Muleshoe).
Mr. Massos life was filled with accomplishments. And one of Joe and Claires most joyful days was the day they received their US citizenship. They were proud and honored to be Americans.
In 2003, Mr. Masso was recognized as Brownfields Citizen of the Year for 2002, where it was noted that he had contributed the equivalent of 200 years of community service. He was a member of the Lions Club since June of 1965, where he served as president from 1972-1976, zone chairman from 1974-1975 and was recipient of the extra mile award in 1966. Mr. Masso was a member of the Chamber of Commerce in 1966, 1967, 1972 and 1973. He served 5 years as a member of the Chambers Red Coats and 8 years of the Community Action Board, where he served as chairman for two years. Joe was elected to the city council in 1975, where he served two terms. In 1980, he was elected to serve on the board of directors of the Brownfield Regional Medical Center where he served for 11 years, mostly as president of the board. Joe served as chairman of the home health care services board of directors, 13 years as chairman of the zoning board of the city of Brownfield, a member of the Brownfield Police reserve from 1973 until their disbandment, captain of a team of the United Way for 11 years, alternate election judge from 1977 to 2005 in city, county, state and national elections. Mr. Masso was an interpreter for the county and district courts for 28 years and was a lifetime member of the Lions League for Crippled Children. He was a 33rd Degree Mason and served as Master of the Brownfield lodge # 903 where he served as Master from 1979-1980. He was a member of the Lubbock Scottish Rite Consistory, South Plains Shrine Club, and Khiva Temple and was honored with the Masonic Lodge Lifetime Achievement award. Mr. Masso served a number of years on the advisory board for distributive education at Brownfield High school and he helped re-write the charter of the city of Brownfield.
The family is extremely grateful for the loving attention of his care givers Moli Vakamino, Henry Ovalle and the amazing staff at Covenant Hospital Palliative Care Center.
Funeral services for Mr. Masso will be held Monday, June 4, 2018 at 10:00am at St. Anthonys Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the Terry County Memorial Cemetery under the Direction of Brownfield Funeral Home.
There will be a family visitation on Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 5pm to 7pm at the Brownfield Funeral Home. Following the visitation, a rosary will be held starting at 6pm.
Flowers are appreciated as are donations to St. Anthonys Catholic Church, Covenant Hospital Palliative Care or to a charity of your choice.
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