1991 Inductee - Jose S. Correa

1991 Inductee - Jose S. Correa

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991

Jose S. Correa, the recipient of the “Good Neighbor Award” and the “Community Recognition Award,” is one of the strongest community advocates in the history of Stockton. Correa gave 35 years of his life as a dedicated man, to the betterment of the entire city of Stockton.

He received numerous awards from San Joaquin County and from the Council for the Spanish Speaking. He was selected as Stockton’s first Cinco de Mayo Grand Marshall. He was the first Chairman of the “Natividad en el Barrio” Christmas Basket Committee, and was V.I.P. for the 1st Annual Hispanic Easter Seals Telethon. He also served as treasurer for the Mexico City Earthquake Victims Telethon.

Jose served his country patriotically and honorably as he was in combat in Europe during World War II. He served with distinction in the was and was awarded “The Purple Heart”, “The Bronze Star Medal”, “The Oak Leaf Cluster”, “The Combat Badge”, and the “Distinguished Citation Award.” He was honorably discharged with the rank of platoon sergeant.

He was proud to be one of the founders of the Stockton Community Service Organization (CSO) which served many people. He served as President of the state CSO and as chairman of the local CSO. Jose was instrumental in getting legislation passed for pensions for the aged and eligible non-citizens of Stockton. He was a founding member of the San Joaquin County Community Action Council and wrote many projects for funding for the Community Service Organization. Jose implemented the much needed CSO credit union and served as its President.

Correa served Stockton with deep devotion as is evidenced by his involvement, serving as a charter member of the Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, and the treasurer of the Community Action Council. He was a member of the St. Linus Parish and served in the San Joaquin County Zoning Board of Adjustments. Correa’s interests are also in education as he was on the University of the Pacific Screening Committee for Teacher Corps and served on the COMA Education Coalition Committee as liaison with the Stockton Unified School District.

Amongst Correa’s other highly celebrated contributions included being the founder of the Quinones-Becerra American Legion Post No. 2 where he served as Color Guard and Past Commander.

Jose S. Correa passed away on May 23, 1999.