Carmelo Perez, 89, of Edmond, Okla., joined his Heavenly Father on April 15, 2014.
He was born in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, as one of sixteen children to Juan and Sinforosa Perez. His childhood was spent on the island, and as a young man he honorably served in the Army during World War II. After military service, he attended and graduated from the University of Oklahoma.
His professional career began as a civil engineer with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, where he worked for 31 years. He continued service to the state by establishing Perez Engineering and provided professional service for 29 additional years.
Carmelo married his loving and committed wife Connie Bean on February 23, 1991. He was devoted to the Lord and his family, was passionate about work, education, and living life to the fullest. Carmelo had a charismatic and charming personality, a wonderful laugh, and a beautiful sense of humor.
He was a great provider and continually looked forward to his next project. Carmelo started out designing bridges, then “changed lanes” and began building his construction legacy, by providing student housing in the Edmond community. He was a faithful member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and his affection for his home state of Oklahoma lasted for more than sixty years.
Carmelo is survived by his loving wife Connie Perez, his children (and spouses) John (Karen) Perez, Tony (Lynne) Perez, Mel (Cindy) Perez, Angela (David) French, Victor (Valerie) Perez, Missy (Perry) Reid, David Perez, and mother of his children, May Warren. He is also survived by his sister Tomasa Medina, and by Connie’s children Karen Tucker and Matthew (Krysti) Bean. Carmelo and Connie also have 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at Matthews Funeral Home, 601 South Kelly Avenue, Edmond, with internment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery, Edmond.