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Joseph Frank Tamez ’73 passed away on Feb. 10, 2010. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 25 years, Maria Tamez; three daughters, nine grandchildren, eight brothers and sisters, twelve nieces and nephews and three sons-in-law. Frank grew up in Cupertino. He lived and worked with his family on the Mariani ranch. He was only 15 years old when he would drive a semi truck from the ranch to Sacramento to drop off fruit, and then back home to play in his Fremont high school baseball game. Frank was the first college graduate from his family, and graduated with honors from the University of Santa Clara. He went on to teach and coach football at Yerba Buena High School for 6 years. In 1979 he began teaching math and business at Mt. Pleasant High School, and was the director of activities for several years. He retired from the East Side Union High School District in 2003 after 30 years of teaching. He continued to substitute at the ESUHSD until 2010. Frank loved teaching and coaching, he talked about his students and colleagues all the time, former students kept in touch with him and it meant the world to him. He impacted many lives throughout his teaching career and accomplished his dream of becoming a great teacher. Frank was ranked one of the top ten basketball referees in Santa Clara County and worked at the high school and college level. He loved to play golf, dinners out with his wife, cooking, watching the cooking channel, spending time with family and watching his grandchildren play basketball and soccer. Keeping him quiet on the sideline was nearly impossible.