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Parfait Joseph Dartez (you can’t get more Cajun than that!) joined his father above and his parents Parfait and Mary on September 9, 2019. He was born in Frostburg Maryland May 28, 1962 and eventually ended up in Oklahoma when our dad was transferred to Tinker Air Force Base. He made Midwest City his home and worked as a new car salesman and was known as Joe but to his loved ones he was Parfait, PJ, Joey, JoJo, dad, son, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend. He was a Paul Bunyon size guy (6 ft 4 ) who with brother Arcade and dad would frequently back up to each other to see who was tallest or who looked taller in pictures. They were all ten feet tall to mom and us girls. When we were little he would strut around in his matching vest and pants mom made him pretending he was Tom Jones and singing his heart out. He had an amazing knowledge base and appreciation of music, artists and lyrics and willingly shared his passion of all genres of music. He enjoyed attending concerts and taught himself to play guitar and piano. His laugh was so hearty and sounded like daddy’s, it made you smile even though you were probably laughing at a joke he just made about you. He knew everything about cars and loved Corvettes and Mustangs. He and our brother Arcade spent hours pulling engines and rebuilding them with daddy. He had a great talent for being able to listen to a car run and tell you what was wrong with it. He shared this talent and love of cars with his sons who inherited the talent from him. He had a severe back injury followed by a stroke that ended his car repair days but continued his love of cars by building and painting models. He was devastated when he couldn’t drive anymore but always loved taking a spin in moms Mustang. He took all his health challenges by making peace with them on his terms and figuring out ways to stay busy. He inherited our father’s natural talent with computers and spent much of his time rebuilding and repairing them. He enjoyed doing art collages and recently finished the intricate task of covering his coffee table with match books that matched a bar daddy and our brothers made. He was so stubborn and even though he had physical limitations he remained fiercely independent and annoyed (wink, wink) when his sisters tried to jump in and take care of him. He was a self-professed mamma’s boy (and proud of it) and called her almost every night to check on her and tell her he loved her. They had a special bond and it brings us some peace they are rejoicing together again. He loved his children and grandchildren and was proud of each one of them. He loved that he could see the best things about himself in each of them. Thanks to Paula and the circle of friends at his apartment that helped keep him connected. We will miss our dear brother, who whenever you talked to him would end the conversation with “Peace and Prayers or Rock and Roll!” Just hearing that made you smile. He had a strong faith and laughed that he went to church in his pajamas on Sunday mornings. He was good at finding those little silver linings in life. He was preceded in death by parents Parfait and Mary and brother Lynn. He is survived by his children he loved dearly, PJ (Parfait Joseph), Tiffanie, Jordan and Emalee, grandchildren Cameron, Tristen, Jairah, Fox and the mother of his children Venus. His brother Arcade and Chris, sisters Gina and Robert Wekke, Kathleen, Julie and Terry White, Lexi, Vicki (Wayne), stepfather Bill Boaz, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Joey left here knowing he had loved, was loved and cared for and that is a life well lived. Peace and prayers!
A Celebration service will be held at 10:00 a.m. October 5th at the Lynn Ward Venue 10301 N.E. 12th Street, Midwest City, OK followed by interment at Denver Cemetery, Norman, OK.
Tammy Sisson says
So very sorry for your loss.My prayers are with you and your family.
Ladonna GARROUTTE says
So sorry for the loss of who I new as parfait or Joey …great person ..we went to high school for short minute together…he is loved and will be missed.
Julie Dartez White says
Dear brother, miss you so much! You were my partner in crime and laughter. Miss our talks and laughter. No one appreciates my jokes as much as you did. I think of you often and pray you found the peace you deserve. Life is not as sweet since you’ve been gone but know you’re with our sweet mom and dad. Peace and prayers!