SK JOE CORTEZ
REPGC Arizona 2008-09
Born 11/09/1944 Passed 12/21/2015
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lei Lani, who was the Supreme Worthy President of the Supreme Assembly of the Social Order of the Beauceant in 2012-2013. His children include: Mona Lisa Robichaux, Shawn Cortez and Tanya Dawn Cortez, Siblings Rebecca Driskoll, Ana Lopez, and David King. Sir Knight Joe and his Lady Lei Lani have 6 Grand Children and 1 Great Grandchild.
He was a member of Tempe Lodge #15 where he was initiated an Entered Apprentice April 10, 1968, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft May 16, 1968 and Raised as a Master Mason on June 19, 1968. He served as their Worshipful Master in 1974.
As a 40 year member of the York Rite, SK Joe was exalted as a Royal Arch Mason October 7, 1975 in Scottsdale Chapter #18, affiliated with Arizona Chapter #1 September 10, 1979 where he served as High Priest 1988-89. He became a member of the Holy Order of High Priests in 1989.
He was greeted as a Cryptic Mason October 21, 1975 at Scottsdale Council # 11, affiliated with Phoenix Council #4 September 10, 1979, where he served as Illustrious Master 1991-92. He became a member of the Order of the Silver Trowel in 1992
On November 18, 1975 Joe was Knighted at Scottsdale Commandery #12. He affiliated with Phoenix Commandery #3 September 10, 1979 where he served as their Eminent Commander 1987-88. He became a member of the Past Commanders Association in 1988. He was elected as Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Arizona for the years 2008-09. He was appointed to serve as Grand Prelate in 2014.
He became a member of Regius College #86, York Rite Colleges of North America on October 17, 1987, where he was elected and served as Deputy Governor 2015 to date.
Sir Knight Cortez was awarded as a Knight of the York Grand Cross of Honour, 1st Quadrant in 2008. He was also honored as a Knight Commander of the Temple (KCT).
On January 19, 2008 he was voted to become a member of the Red Cross of Constantine, Arizona Conclave. Voted into Wilderness Tabernacle #34, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests on December 13, 2008 where he was serving as 3rd pillar at the time of his death. He was also a member of Realta Copar Council #112 Knight Masons. Joe was invited to join Pasadena Chapter #265 of the National Sojourners July 21, 2011. He was also a member of El Zaribah Shrine in Phoenix, Arizona.
Sir Knight was a very devoted and active Freemason, especially the York Rite to which he gave his all. Joe will be sorely missed by all who knew him and those who had not yet met him, but had heard of his devotion and duty to our beloved Craft. May God continue to bless his family and friends while they remain on this Earth. We pray that one day we may join him in Heaven.
There will be a Viewing at Green Acres Funeral Home, at the NE corner of Hayden and McKellips Road in Scottsdale, AZ Sunday December 27th from 6-8pm, Masonic and Templar services Monday, DEC 28th at 10am at the same place. The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations to the Knight Templar Eye Foundation (AZ) would be appreciated.