Juan Antonio “Tony” Perez, 77, of Hawk Run and formerly of California and Pittsburgh, died in his residence on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
Born on July 6, 1943 in Long Beach, California, he was a son of the late Ramona (Lopez) Perez and the late Jerry Perez and his wife Jenny.
He is survived by his longtime companion and carer James M. Taylor and her loyal “four-legged” companion Sara, both of whom are at home in Hawk Run. four daughters, Catherine M. Rix, Kremmling, Colo., Dawn M. Perez, Long Beach, Calif., Karen M. La, Santa Clarita, Calif., and Ramona M. Perez, Lakewood, Calif .; two granddaughters, Breanna Grimes, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Keelie Rix, Thessoloniki, Greece.
A sister, Mary Helen Rodarté from Buena Park, California, three brothers, Robert Perez from Cerritos, California, Edward Perez and his wife Bertha from Long Beach, California, and Richard Perez and his wife Judy from Seattle, Washington, and numerous other extended family members also survive.
Mr. Perez was a member of the Good Shepherd Chapel, Hawk Run.
He graduated from Western Union High School in Anaheim, California in 1962. He continued his education at Monterey Community College, where he received an associate degree in studio art. He also attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
He served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Mr. Perez has worked for a number of companies throughout his career. Early in his career he was with Zales Jewelers, Long Beach, California, and Royal Dutch Shell. He has been a respiratory therapist for most of his career; and has held positions at Lakewood General Hospital in Lakewood, Calif., Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, Calif., and in home respiratory care with Prescription Care.
Painting and cooking were among his favorite pastimes and passions in life.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Monday April 12th at 1:00 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Chapel, Hawk Run. Rev. Cliff Johnston to officiate.
A visit takes place from Monday noon until the service in the church.
After the service, military honors are awarded by the Philipsburg American Legion Honor Guard.
Commemorative donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Chapel, PO Box 23, Hawk Run, PA 16840 in lieu of flowers in memory of Mr. Perez.
The arrangements are made under the direction of the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Philipsburg.
Online condolences can be submitted at www.beezerheathfh.com and www.huntingdondailynews.com.