By The Hogan Group
Joseph Edward Hogan, 71, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, September 19 in Bend, Oregon. Joe was born on October 20, 1948 in Evergreen Park, IL, on the southside of Chicago, but as many know, Arizona was Joe’s true home.
Growing up, Joe led the pack as the eldest of three brothers and of twenty four first cousins of the Carroll clan. Everyone looked up to Joe. He was ‘cool’ Joe until he got you in trouble with one of the many aunts, uncles, or school principles.
Following high school, Joe served in Vietnam from 1966-1968 as a Reconnaissance Sergeant where he earned a Parachute Badge and a Bronze Star for valor as a member of the 101 First Airborne Division.
Upon returning from overseas, Joe attended Culver Stockton College in Canton, Missouri and graduated in 1973 with a BS in Economics. Along with earning a degree, Joe dedicated much of his time to his Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the 1969 Varsity football team, which today still holds the best season record with 7-1-1.
Post college, Joe started his journey in real estate in 1977 with Continental Homes in Chicago, and quickly became the top selling agent in the company. A year later, he relocated to Phoenix with Continental Homes to further his real-estate career and become a father figure to Brady Johnson, daughter of Terry Johnson, Joe’s partner of thirty years.
Joe went on to spend 8 years with Continental and later Scott Jackson Brokerage. In 1993, starting his own firm, Hogan & Associates and later Hogan Group in 2007. Over the course of his career, he received numerous accolades for residential and commercial real estate sales. At the pinnacle of his professional life, his company closed almost one billion dollars in sales.
Prestige aside, building Hogan & Associates / Hogan Group from the ground up alongside industry veterans and young novices, including his nephew, Kevin, was Joe’s greatest accomplishment. Joe found immense joy in mentoring and helping others reach their full personal and professional potential.
Joe was a force to be reckoned with when it came to real estate. He was known for connecting countless people, creating lifelong friendships, smooth talking, charm, and long lunches to close a deal.
In his quasi-retirement he split his time between Scottsdale and Bend, Oregon spending time with his great nephew, Peter.
Joe was larger than life – a genuine gentle giant, treating everybody the same that came into his life. Joe smiled big and chatted with everyone he met. He was the mayor of every grocery store, coffee shop, or steakhouse bar – never missing an opportunity to learn someone’s name and leave a generous gratuity. He ended every phone call with “God bless,” “I love you,” or “later gator” in a way that was so authentically Joe.
Joe found love, lost love, and rediscovered love over the years, but only a few stole his heart. You know who you are.
Joe balanced being the center of attention amongst friends, family, and colleagues and taking time for himself at the gym, the tee box, his favorite breakfast spot, meditating in the morning
and becoming a movie buff at home surrounded by his many furry friends over the years; Kokee, Jade, Benny, Sammy, Sophie, Molly, Chiquita, and Annie.
Many will say, there is only one Joe Hogan, and it’s true. He will be remembered for his ability to naturally connect people, endless generosity, his killer smile, gorgeous head of hair, and timely wit and charm.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mary (née Carroll) Hogan, his brothers, Edward (Chris) Hogan and Peter (Deborah) Hogan. With Joe’s passing, it’s the end of the Hogan boys era, but we know Joe, Eddie, and Pete are smiling down on us all.
Joe is survived by many he spoiled over the years including but not limited to; daughter, Brady (Andy) Graham, nieces, Christel Pearson, Erin (Andy) Garcia, Siobhan (Brannon) Smith, Kelly Hogan, nephews, Patrick Hogan & Kevin (Kirsten) Hogan.
He was proud Uncle Joe to his great nieces and nephews, Avery, Evan, Hugh, Sean, Jack, Eddie, Peter and Erris.
To protect the health of our loved ones during this time, the family has decided to postpone services in Scottsdale and Chicago until 2021. Joe will be laid to rest with his mother, Mary, and brother, Peter, at Holy Sepulchre in Alsip, Illinois. Internment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Make-A-Wish Foundation Arizona or Humane Society of Arizona in Joe’s name.