Joseph Rezac, 69, of Brainerd, died Monday, May 6, 2013 at his home.
Joe was born Dec. 17, 1943 in Bismarck, N.D. to Frank & Julia (Wald) Rezac. The family moved back to his father's original homestead in Park Rapids in 1946 where Joe grew up.
Joe graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1961, Bemidji State in 1965, with a Bachelor of Science Degree and in 1974 with a Master's Degree. In 1989 he completed his post-graduate works in Exercise Physiology.
Upon graduation, he taught and coached at Dakota Collegiate High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada for three years. In 1968, Joe was hired by Brainerd School District. He taught physical education & health and coached for 33 years upon his retirement in 2001. He also officiated high school sports as a registered M.S.H.S.L. official for 42 years. He was inducted into the Bemidji State Hall of Fame in 2008, and inducted to the Minnesota State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011.
On Feb. 8, 1964 he married Barbara Carey in Park Rapids. Together they have two sons, Frank (Diane) of St. Cloud; Craig (TyAnne) of Brainerd. Also surviving him is his sister, Sharon Rezac-Andersen (Gary) of Park Rapids; brother-in-law, Dick Carpenter of Park Rapids; and his four grandchildren, Joe, Jackie, Carey and Barrett; and many nieces and nephews.
Joe was preceded in death by his father and mother, Frank and Julia Rezac; and sister, Bonnie Carpenter of Park Rapids.
Joe's passion for life included spending time with family, all aspects of athletics including spectator sports, hunting and fishing (especially with his grandsons), a profound love of dogs and training them, fitness activities especially biking and swimming, woodworking, antique tractors, working at his family farm business and volunteer work and as a Eucharistic Minister in the Roman Catholic Church-servicing St. Andrew's and the Bethany Nursing Home, Brainerd.
Visitation: 4-7 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd. Also one hour before the mass at the church.
Funeral Mass of Chris-tian Burial: 11 a.m., Monday, May 13 at St. Andrews Catholic Church.
Burial: Hubbard Ceme-tery near his family farm.
Memorials are preferred to the Brainerd Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) and will go to the Joe Rezac Track Fund, providing financial assistance towards enrollment fees.
Serving the family is Halvorson-Johnson Funeral and Cremation Care, Brainerd 218-829-3581, www.halvorsonjohnson.com