Joseph Lawrence Mares, Jr.

Joseph (Joe) Lawrence Mares, Jr.passed away June 17, 2017 at the age of 90. He was born in Galveston, Texas on December 6, 1926. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Wanda and two daughters; Dianne Barron and Jackie Niccum. Other family members include son-in-law Dave Barron; grandchildren, Grant Niccum (spouse Kati) and Blake Niccum (spouse Maria); and nieces, Linda Venske (spouse Elmer) and Laurie Popovits.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Jean and Joseph Lawrence Mares, Sr. and sister, Lorraine Toebelman.

Joe graduated from Ball High School in Galveston, Tx., and completed his baccalaureate, masters and doctoral coursework at Baylor and the University of Houston.
An educator by profession, he held positions as teacher of physics and chemistry, counselor, assistant principal, principal, Director of Instruction for the Dickinson ISD, and Satellite Director of Region IV for Galveston County. He served our nation during WW II in the U.S. Merchant Marines. His community service included the Lion’s Club, Arabia Shrine Temple, Rotary Club of Dickinson, and multiple leadership positions with the First Presbyterian and First Methodist Churches of Dickinson, and fundraising projects throughout the community. His quiet gentle nature will be greatly missed, but his loving contributions will live on through friends, community and family.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson (281) 337-1515, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.  The Memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 22, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Methodist Church in Dickinson, Texas, located at 200 FM 517 Rd. W., Dickinson, Texas.

Tributes and words of condolences may be provided at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children – Houston, 6977 Main St., Houston, TX 77030.


  1. We are praying in thanksgiving for the life of Dr. Mares and for peace and comfort for all of the family.

    Chris and Donna Schubert
  2. Our love and prayers are with each of you. Joe was a good man and I know a good husband and father.

    Lee & Sylvia Streater
  3. Our sincere thoughts are with you during this time, and we pray that God strengthens you and your family today and always.

    Kimberly Brinkley-Jones
  4. Dianne and Dave:
    Thank God for men such as Dr. Joe Mares! As a member of the Greatest Generation Dr. Mares helped shape America into a world power. May God bless you and your family as you celebrate the life of a great patriot, educator and devoted family man.

    Jack and Janice Hawkins

    Jack Hawkins, Jr.
  5. Joe was an extraordinary man of faith and leadership in his community and to his family, a loving husband, father and grandfather. Remembering too his incredible sense of humor and insight. Prayers and love surrounding each of you.

    Vivian & Kent Moss
  6. Doc & Captain:
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as we celebrate the life of Dr. Mares who not only served in various capacities, but raised one of the most principled people I have ever known in Dr. Diane Barron.
    Cissy & Sohail

    Sohail Agboatwala
  7. So sorry to hear this news. Sending prayers and hugs. May God continue to Bless and keep you.

    Samantha Johnson
  8. Joe was a wonderful man- so much fun to be around and enjoy his sense of humor!!!
    As an educator-he was extraordinary- so many fun stories! I was honored to be able to get to know through the years….his sweet family is a testament of his love of God and dedication to Wanda and his daughters and grandchildren. His legacy lives on through his good works and loved ones.

    Ann Brunson
  9. We are saddened to hear about Joe’s passing. Our hearts and prayers are with the family. He was a wonderful man. We are in Alabama and will not be able to attend his services, but we will be there in spirit. Phil and Diane Gragg

    Diane GRAGG
  10. Joe was a beautiful man inside and out. When I would see him he had a beautiful smile and was always very calm and nice to me. He will be missed, especially with Wanda. When one is mentioned you think of the other. God Bless the family.

    Janet Fleming
  11. It’s so hard to lose someone who has been a part of your life for over six decades. They leave such a big hole in your heart. I remember “Mr. Mares” and Dad digging water wells in the back yard. They were such good buddies and were always doing something. Your dad was such a loving, kind and caring man. Just know that he is now with our wonderful Father in Heaven and will, forever, be watching over you.

    Barb Osborne
  12. Our love and prayers are with each family member and friend.

    Lee & Sylvia Streater
  13. Joe was such a kind, devoted and honorable man. The way he lived his life serves as an example of humility, faith and generosity. He and his family hold a very special place in our hearts. He will be dearly missed. Our prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the whole family.
    Dottie Leaderer & Family

    Dottie Leaderer
  14. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Prayers for you and your family!

    Jean Laliberte
  15. So sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Mares. I loved growing up with Jackie and seeing my son and Blake become such good friends. He left an amazing legacy and I know he was so proud of daughters and grandsons. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Love, Joan Reumont Cohen

    Joan R Cohen

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