Joseph "Joe" Merle Dague II, resident of San Jose, died Oct. 20. He was 83.
Dague was born Aug. 29, 1934. A veteran of the U.S. Marines, Dague proudly served during the Korean War, earning a Purple Heart and surviving as a POW. He studied at San Jose State and the College of Arts and Crafts. He worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lockheed/NASA, where he built hydraulics for the Hubble Space Telescope. He was a modern renaissance man -- an accomplished musician, composer, painter, sculptor and inventor. Later in life, he dedicated himself to his patented FORSAVE, an ocean surface oil recovery system.
Dague is survived by his loving wife, Roselee; daughters, Roxanne, Jennifer, Tracy, Nova and his son, Joseph III.
A service was held recently at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 5111 San Felipe Rd. San Jose.