Joseph Michael Pecor, age 69, died Aug. 20 in Rogue River, Ore. He was born April 7, 1951, to Norman and Romona Pecor, who at that time lived in Woodstock, Vt. When Joe was a few months old, they moved to Pasadena, Calif., and then to Rogue, River, Ore., in 1962. Joe graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Medford, Ore. He attended Stanford University and the University of Oregon, graduating with a degree in geology.
Joe had many interests, and a variety of jobs, including five years in the engineering department of the Oregon Department of Transportation, surveying with the USGS in the Sierra Mountains in Northern California, landscaping in southern Oregon, logging on the Olympic Peninsula, studying endangered sage-grouse for the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado, and working for many years for the BLM in Gunnison, Colo. Joe lived off and on in Gunnison since 1992, where he made many close friends who will miss him deeply.
Joe loved camping, hiking, studying wildlife and plant life, and exploring wild and scenic country all through the West, especially Colorado. After retirement, he moved back to Oregon and lived with his parents to help maintain their home and property, and also helped friends and relatives with projects. One testament to his big heart is that in Rogue River he befriended a feral cat who came to love him and depend on him. The large extended family of this cat lived nearby. Joe took it upon himself to humanely trap and arrange for the spaying or neutering of each of these cats before releasing them back to their familiar environment.
Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Pecor Chamberlain, and his niece, Shannon Blacklidge Brahmer. He is survived by his parents, Norman and Romona Pecor, sister Marie Blacklidge (Gary), sister Jaime Curry, sister Noreen Hughs (Brian), and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Joe was a kind and loving son, brother, uncle and friend. He is deeply loved and missed by all his family and friends.