Long time employee now retired WSMR colleague Jose (Joe) Ybarra died on March 27 after a long battle with thyroid cancer. He gallantly and courageously fought the cancer over the last few years and never complained about the treatments and their affects on him. Joe started his career at WSMR in 1981 with the Instrumentation Directorate, ID, now known as Systems Engineering. During his tenure at ID he made enduring contributions to WSMR in key areas to include Telemetry and the integration of the Multi Object Tracking Radar, MOTR, to an operational status. In 1988, Joe moved over to the National Range Directorate, now known as Range Operations, RO. Initially at RO, Joe was a computer engineer and supported real time control systems, modeling and simulation, and data networks. In 1999, Joe transitioned to the team that brought the Cox Range Control Center, CRCC, on line. With that early involvement in CRCC, Joe became the go to person for any issues affecting the building. He was the man behind the curtain and kept the building running. In 2001 Joe retired from WSMR after a long and distinguished career. He left behind many friends and lasting contributions to the range.
He retired to spend more time with his family and friends and continue enjoying life. He was not going to let the cancer bring him down. In his final hours Joe did not suffer and was surrounded by family at his bedside. Joe was an easy going individual who loved a simpler life style. He was an individual you wanted to associate with because of his humility, wit, loyalty, love for his fellow employees, and the many problem solving skills he brought to the table, making him an invaluable employee. We will miss the relaxing and enjoyable evenings spent with “Ybar”, serenading with his guitar at the park or golf course; watching beautiful sunsets over the Organ Mountains; and partaking of the libation of the day. At the end of the day, Joe made our lives and our world a little better place. Gone from this world but never forgotten in our hearts. The family wishes to thank everyone for their patience as they make arrangements for his services.