Joseph Edward Coco, Jr.

July 1, 1955 - May 8, 2023

Joseph Edward Coco, Jr., of Austin, Texas, unexpectedly departed this life on Monday, May 8, 2023. He was born on July 1, 1955, in Beaumont, Texas, to the union of Jimmie Lou Redmond Coco and Joseph Edward Coco, Sr., of Beaumont.

Joe was devoted to his family. He took immense pride in his sons and grandsons. He cherished the times he spent hunting with them on the “Dos Hijos Ranch,” kayaking on the Frio River, and fishing on the bays of Port Aransas. He graduated from Forest Park High School in 1973 where he was a significant golfer. Upon graduating from high school, he attended Lamar University School of Business on a golf scholarship and joined the Sigma Nu Fraternity. He was the life of the fraternity parties and earned the nick name the “Italian Stallion.”  Apparently, he was the only Italian that did not pledge ATO. In 1977, he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and went to work for Mobil Oil where both his father and father-in-law were employed.

Joe was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in both Austin and Corpus Christi, Texas. He worked for Mobil Oil Corporation and Koch Industries. Joe retired in 2006, after 30 years of employment in the Petro Chemical Industry. Joe was active in the Boy Scouts of America and Incarnate Word Academy.  Joe was a problem-solver who often took on difficult projects at home, his neighborhood, IWA, and his beloved church. He enjoyed volunteering at the church where he served as an usher and fulfilled any “Mr. Fix It” jobs that Father Tomasz asked of him. He was a spiritual man and was involved in numerous church activities. Joe lived a fulfilling life as a son, brother, husband, uncle, father-in-law, grandfather, son-in-law, and most importantly as a friend to all who welcomed him.

Joe leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 29 years, Margot Ortega-Coco of Austin, Texas; son, Tyler Coco, and his wife, Worley Antil-Coco, of Beaumont; son, Jared Coco of Austin; sister, Sheila Coco; nieces, Alyssa Bottinelli and Katie Bottinelli, all of Anaheim Hills, California; and grandsons, Wyatt Coco and John Oscar Coco. Joe’s devoted Labrador, Molly, will miss their walks at home in Austin, their adventures at the ranch, and their swimming in the Frio River in Leakey, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lauren Coco; his mother, Jimmie Lou Redmond Coco; and his father, Joseph Edward Coco, Sr.

A gathering of Mr. Coco’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 11, 2023, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 12, 2023, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont. His cremation arrangements will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

Interment is not immediately planned. The family will notify loved ones in the future when an interment is scheduled.

The pallbearers will be Chris Coco, Charlie Coco, Rusty Coco, Justin Devillier, Roberto Perez, Dave Koss, John Ishmael, and Gray McCracken.  Honorary pallbearers are Andres Baldez, Jr., Jaidan Pena, J-Dun Tripp, Pablo E. Tripp, Andrew Perez, Oliver Bowden, and Anthony Bowden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284-0692 donate online and/or Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 2914 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204 donate online.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • May 11, 2023
  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • May 11, 2023
  • 7:00 pm

Funeral Mass

St. Anne Catholic Church
  • 2715, Calder Ave, Beaumont, TX, 77702,
  • May 12, 2023
  • 10:00 am

Comments (29)

    Dalia Maldonado says:

    My sweet cousin Margot,
    Words cannot express the sorrow I felt when I heard the news of Joe’s passing. My heart aches for you, Tyler and Jared. Joe was a wonderful man and he will be missed not only by his family and friends but also by the community he served. I pray that the beautiful memories of your life together will sustain you forever. Please know that you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. “Say not in grief he is no more, but live in thankfulness that he was.”

    Ruben Garcia and Family says:

    With our sincere condolences, please know that we will continue to pray for you Jared and Joe. Joe was a blessing to us all. He lived his life to serve as God may have wished him to do so! He contributed a lot of his knowledge and time to Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi. More importantly, he shaped Jared to be the young man he is today. We are forever grateful for you and Joe! Many prayers for you, Jared and Joe.

    May you keep God at your side and know your dad was always there with your mom cheering you on as you competed every XC race while at IWA. Your dad was special to us all at IWA and know he will always be remembered by us here at IWA. Praise be the Incarnate Word…..

    -Coach Garcia

    Roland and Leila Longoria says:

    Had the pleasure of working with Joe at Flint Hills. Greatly admired Joe for the leadership that he provided and the great character that he demonstrated. Condolences and prayers Margot and family.

    Georgina Mortera says:

    I’m so very sorry for your family loss . My prayers to you Jared and your family . ????????❤️

    Monica Ellison says:

    Dearest Margot
    We are heartbroken in hearing the passing of an exceptional Husband, Father, and Friend. Joe was always there to help and was a great example to his two sons Tyler and Jarred.
    Although he will be missed, his life and contributions will always be remembered snd cherished.

    Scott, Monica, Belize, Remy and Jacobé

    Mark Gottlich says:

    I knew Joe as a customer when he was at FHR in Corpus Christi and as a friend and neighbor. He truly was a Man for all Seasons. Intelligent, humble, polite, well read and a great since of family. I watched Joe and Margo’s son Jared, grow from a child to a
    Man. He was so proud of Jared and the life he was living. Margo, Zoe and I are so saddened by Joe’s passing and wish we could be with you and Jared during this time of great sorrow. Know that we will be with you in spirit and pray for God’s strength in lifting you up and providing you and Jared comfort in the days to come. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.
    However, I must say something about one of the comments I read about Joe and his beloved dog…..I know the dog’s story and why You and Joe had her. I’m just happy to hear she and Joe worked out their issues.
    God Bless

    Max Fairchild says:

    I met Joe as freshmen at Lamar, became brothers of Sigma Nu, and have many fond memories of the great times we had. The comments from family, friends, and coworkers are a tribute to a man of true integrity and honor. A life well lived! My prayers and condolences to the family he will be missed.

    Richard & Mary (Rizzotto) Keller says:

    Margot, l am so deeply saddened to hear about cousin Joey. I always felt a special bond with him, we are the same age and our birthdays are 4 days apart, so he was and always will be in my thoughts. We will not be able to attend the services, but please know that you and his sons and grandsons will be in our thoughts and prayers. And please extend our condolences to Sheila, as well.
    Richard & Mary (Rizzotto) Keller

    Ruby Bell says:

    Sincere condolences to your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. May God provide the necessary peace and comfort to your family and friends during this difficult time. Please remember these words of encouragement from the Bible: “ Jesus plainly told her: “I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” —John 11:20-25.

    Janie Sifuentes Mata says:

    My deepest condolences Margot to you and your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. AMEN.

    Rodney Evans says:

    I am truly sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I had the pleasure of working for and with him at Flint Hills. Margo, and the Dos Hijios, my heart goes out to you. He was one of the finest men I ever met. May God comfort you.

    Margaret Coco Mignery says:

    Margot, although I can’t be at the service for Joey, I’m with you in spirit and sadness. I’m so thankful for the times we spent together reminiscing about our Coco childhood. May God bless you and the family. Rest in sweet peace dear Joe.

    Stephan Whitley says:

    Margot and Jared – I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Joe. I think it may not help much but please take solace in the fact that Joe impacted and touched many people in many positive ways. He was a great mentor. He will be greatly missed by me and many others.

    Josephine and Joe Valenzuela says:

    Joe and I send our heartfelt condolences to Margot, Jared, Tyler, his grandchildren, and extended family members.

    His warm smiles and friendly welcome will be missed by me.

    May he Rest in Peace for all eternity. Peace be with you.

    Veronica T. Martinez says:


    Keeping you and all the family in my thoughts and prayers. May God’s peace fill you and help guide you all through this very difficult time.

    Lots of love from your cousins in San Antonio, Tx

    Jason Tucker says:

    I had the opportunity to work with Joe at Flint Hills Resources in Corpus Christi. He was a man of integrity, a compassionate individual and a true leader. He brought the best out in all who were fortunate enough to work alongside him.

    After he retired, I’d bump into him every now and again and he would always say hello and have a kind word to go along with his handshake.

    My condolences to his family. May he Rest in Peace.

    Terry Nicotre says:

    I had the pleasure of pledging Sigma Nu with Joey. He was an outstanding man then. I read his obituary and found out he had a full life with his family and friends and also church family. I haven’t seen him since I left Lamar. I am sadden by his passing and I will pray for him and his family. .

    The Cadena Family says:

    Joe was so special to us in so many ways and we will always cherish our time with him. May her rest in eternal peace. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with Margot, Jared, and all of the Coco family.

    Connie, Luis and Jaran

    Ernie Schutt says:

    My condolences on your loss. Joe was a rare leader and person who made everyone around him better as a result of his leadership, vision and perseverance. I had the pleasure of working with Joe during his tenure at the Koch Corpus Christi refinery where his leadership was key in creating a performance turnaround that is a case study at Koch on how to create value. During my over 40 years in the petrochemical industry, I had the opportunity to work for many good leaders; Joe, however, was among the very best. He will be deeply missed and remembered fondly by many.

    Sister Rosa M. Ortiz says:

    Margot and Jared know that you and all family members are in our prayer. May the presence of the Risen Christ console and strengthen you during this difficult time.

    Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament.

    Andrew Cunningham says:

    I went to work for Joe 27 years ago at what was then Koch Petroleum as part of Koch Industries. One meets, works with and becomes friends with a multitude of people over the years. Few leave the impression on you that Joe did on me. Outside of family and one or two very close friends Joe would be the person I use as a guide to how I treat the people in my life- a great life mentor.
    Blessing and condolences to his family. The Lord must have a special place for him in heaven.

    Greg Hext says:

    I had the pleasure of playing a lot of golf with Joe in High School. When we attended Lamar, we both pledged Sigma Nu and continued our friendship. Joe was always a guy of high integrity. I am sure he will be missed and treasured by many who knew him as both a family man and professionally. I was sad to hear of your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

    Megan Pantella says:

    Margot, Tyler and Jared – My most sincere condolences. I’m thinking of you during this time and I hope cherished memories help to ease sadness with each day. What a pleasure it was to know Joe. I appreciated his attention to detail, vast knowledge of seemingly all things, and his patience. He clearly loved you so much, and he will forever be in the hearts and memories of many.

    Frank Mcniff says:

    Margo, Jared and Coco family. We will miss Joe. A fine man! You have the joy of knowing that he was widely respected, honest, set a great example to us all and loved.

    Best Always, The McNiffs

    Carl Rasmussen says:

    So sad to hear of Joe’s passing. Glad to see he made a huge difference in other’s lives and was good contributor to making our society better. I would’nt have expected anything less of Joe!
    We hung together quite a bit our Lamar freshman year. We competed as golfers in High School, and he was a always friendly to competitors.
    A man of integrity with compassion for others! Life well lived Joe! God bless his family and closet friends. He’ll leave a big hole????????????

    Ike Brackin says:

    I worked with Joe at FHR, and he was an awesome plant manager. I owe my success in the refining industry to Joe for the opportunities he gave me. He was one of the finest and humble man I have ever been associated with. My heart is broken for Margot and the kids. Heaven’s gain is our loss. Rest In Peace my friend.
    Ike and Debbie Brackin

    John & Jenny Tyler says:

    We are terribly sorry to hear this news. Please know we are with you in prayer. May the Lord give you comfort and peace. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

    Roy Bryan says:

    I worked for Joe for several years at Flint Hills Refinery. He was the best boss I ever had. He was a good friend. I will miss him always.

    Yvonne Garcia says:

    Margo and Jerad , my deepest condolences. Joe was a very kind and caring man. The girls and I are eternally grateful for all the kindness he and all of you showed us all these years. We are here for both of you in prayer and in spirit. Love always Yvonne Garcia, Victoria, Katherine and Jaqueline.

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