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“Dearest Joe, your fellow OHS Class of 76 Pirates are grieving along with your family. You have been an inspiration as you have battled your disease...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Su Barber Rouse - Oceanside, CA

“Dearest Kitty, our deep condolences to you and your family You are in our hearts and prayers. May God Bless all of you and give you peace. Love you...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Ref and Evie Magana - Oceanside, CA

“Kenny, Connor & Kevin you have our condolences for the loss of your father! I know that he will be greatly missed but he is now with the love of his...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Debra Tenhoff - Mission Viejo, CA

“So very sorry to hear of Joe's passing, he was truly a wonderful husband, father and friend and will be missed. God Bless his family, Rest in peace,...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: carol balmer - Las vegas, NV

“Joe:You were a wonderful husband and father to your family. You were a great example to your boys. I am sure they will follow in your footsteps and...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Rob McHargue - Stanton, CA

“Oceanside, Mira Costa, Long Beach State - baseball & football - bouncing at El Paso Catina - Jeeping and hanging out - those were great times my...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Mark Clark - Las Vegas, NV

“We love you joe. I am so sorry that I live so far away and was not able to be there for you. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Ray Kish - Sheldon, IL - Brother

“our deepest condolences and continued prayers. Beautiful to hear his life had great purpose and his memory will live on. He will be dearly missed. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Johnny Iniguez - Oceanside, CA


Joseph Edward Kish passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016. His final moments were spent with his family, whom he dearly loved.

Joe was born in Buckhannon, WV on February 1,1958, to Raymond and Margaret (Riley) Kish. He was the "little" brother…the youngest of 5. He attended Mission Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School and graduated from Oceanside High School in 1976. After high school Joe attended Mira Costa JC and San Diego State for a short while before graduating from CSU Long Beach in 1983, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education.

While attending college at Long Beach, Joe was employed at the El Paso Cantina, where he worked as a bouncer. Some of his best stories come from his college years in Long Beach. After graduation, his late wife (girlfriend at the time), Shannon (Moylan) Kish, moved to Aurora, CO for about 5 years after college. After a few years of dating long distance, Joe ended up following Shannon to Colorado to be closer to the love of his life. Joe returned home to California a few years later, after learning that he would need a kidney transplant. Shannon then followed Joe back home where they would later raise their family together. Family meant everything to Joe.

His biggest joy in life was being involved in his boys' lives as much as humanly possible. He coached all 3 boys in baseball (all 3 were even on the same team one season) and for a couple years he was the head coach for Kenny, assistant coach for Connor and Kevin and was on the board for Oceanside National Little League (while Shannon ran the snack bar…it was a family affair). Why did he do all this at the same time? Because he wanted things done right. He coached his sons in football and basketball off the court. He was an athlete through and through and loved helping his kids during whatever sport they were playing at the time. When he was "done" coaching he just loved watching his boys play! Whether it was football, basketball, baseball, or track and field, he was there. His favorite was going to watch El Camino High School football games, he never missed one. It didn't matter how tired, sick, or sore he was; he never complained, never let the pain show, and never let anything get in the way of him supporting and loving his kids.

Joe is preceded in death by his grandfathers James Riley and Charles Kish, grandmothers Margaret Kish and Catherine Riley, father Raymond Kish, mother Margaret Kish, and wife of 23 years, Shannon. He is survived by his three sons, Kenny, Connor and Kevin, older siblings Ray Kish, Dave Kish, Chuck Kish and Kitty (Kish) Chisholm, his mother in law Suzanne Moylan, and sister in laws Sandy (Romero) Kish, Joan (Oman) Kish, and Kelly Moylan. Four nephews, three nieces, four great nieces and two great nephews.

A memorial service will be held at St. Michael's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church located at 2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, California, on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Following the service an informal "Celebration of Life" will be held at the church parish hall.

In response to numerous inquiries regarding donations for Kenny, Kevin, and Connor Kish in support of their college educations, a memorial trust has been established in Shannon's name.

Checks should be made out to "SHANNON KISH MEMORIAL TRUST" and mailed to:

Mary Valentine Frolander
Home Life Village Realtors
500 Grand Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008

(Please note that such contributions are not tax-deductible.)