Fernando C. "Fred" "F.C." Machado

March 4, 1932July 9, 2018

Fernando C. “Fred” “F.C.” Machado March 4, 1932 – July 9, 2018

Fred Machado, age 86, went home to be with the Lord on July 9, 2018 in Fresno, CA after a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Fred was born on March 4, 1932 in Fajazinha, Flores Azores. He was the oldest of 7 children born to Joe F. and Margaret C. Machado. Although born in the Azores he and all his siblings were natural born U.S. citizens. The family moved to the United States in 1949 when Fred was 16 years old. He went on to finish the 9th grade while working to help support the family. In 1951 Fred enlisted in the US Navy. He served aboard the USS Montague AKA 98 during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1955.

After leaving the Navy Fred worked at several different jobs; milking cows, driving a milk truck and farming. While working an opportunity arose for him to rent 25 acres of farmland. This was the start of his life long career in farming. In 1956 he purchased his first 40 acres. Over the years his farmland grew to over 660 acres that are now almonds, grapes and pistachios.

In January of 1956 at Mello’s Ice Cream shop in Fresno he met Maxine Finney, the love of his life. They were married on February 23, 1957. Together they raised 3 children; Kathi, Arthur, and Virginia. In 1970 Fred decided to pursue another one of his passions, the dairy business. With only 50 cows, he, Maxine, their three children and one hired hand worked to grow the dairy to a 2000 cow operation. In the spring of 2009 the family had enough of the ups and downs of the dairy business and decided to sell. One of the hardest days of his life was the day his “girls” left the dairy.

Fred was active in many farming and civic organizations. He served for 24 years on the Danish Creamery Board of Directors, 7 years on the Challenge Board and 33 years on Fresno County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, where he served as President from 1972-1974. He also served 6 years on the California Farm Bureau Board, 9 years on the Fresno-Madera Farm Credit Board, 3 years on the Board of the Big Fresno Fair, being appointed by then Governor Ronald Reagan. Fred also served on the GATT advisory committee, being appointed by then Secretary of Ag Richard Ling. Fred was also a member of Valley Small Business Development Corp. Board, Fresno County Cabrillo Civic Club #10 where he also served as President, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 55 of Easton, Korean War Veterans Association, Knights of Columbus #9153 of Easton, Portuguese Fraternal Organizations: I.D.E.S., S.E.S., U.P.E.C. Fred was a past member of the C.P.D.E.S. Hall Board of Directors, St. Jude Catholic Church Building Fund, Milk Advisory Board District 8, American Union School Board of Trustees, CSUF-Ag One Board. He also worked on campaign committees for many Assemblymen, Senators, Representatives, Governors, and Presidents. For the past few years Fred volunteered with fellow veterans at the Veterans Memorial Museum. For his contribution to Agriculture, Fred was awarded the Fresno County Farm Bureau Distinguished Service award, CSUF Ag One Community Salute, and the Greater Fresno Chamber Agriculturist of the Year award.

Fred loved to travel with his wife Maxine. They have been to all 50 states, 27 countries throughout the world and have been to China several times on trade missions. Fred and Maxine visited the Vatican and saw Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. The most memorable trip for Fred was traveling back to Korea for the 50th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Fred was honored to be presented the South Korea Veterans Peace Medal by the Ambassador of South Korea. Fred and Maxine also made many trips back to the Azores to see family and friends. In October of 2016, Fred along with his grandson Matthew took the Honor Flight to DC. He was preceded in death by his parents Joe F. and Margaret C. Machado, in-laws John and Anna Mae Finney, brother Tony Machado, sister Belle Barra, sister-in-law Sheri Machado, sister-in-law Dolores Machado and son-in law Frank Irion.

Fred is survived by Maxine, his loving wife of 61 years, daughter Kathi Woodward and husband Paul, son Arthur Machado and daughter Virginia Irion. He is also survived by his grandchildren Kylie and Matthew Woodward, Joseph and Nicholas Machado, Zachary Irion and wife Alexandra, and Marah Irion, sister Mary Craven and husband Lou, brother Joe Machado, brother Richard Machado and wife Carol, sister Dolores Carnahan, brother-in-law Ben Barra, brother in-law Lawrence Finney and wife Roxie, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Fred was proud to be an American, proud of his Portuguese heritage, proud to be a veteran, proud to be a farmer and dairyman, and proud of this great country we live in. The most important things to Fred were his faith, his family, his country and his land.

A Visitation is on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 4:30 pm and will be held at the Shrine of St. Therese, 1444 N. Wishon, Fresno, CA. Following will be a Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Shrine of St.Therese on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 10:00 am. Interment to follow at Washington Colony Cemetery, 7318 S. Elm Avenue, Fresno, CA.

A reception lunch will follow the Graveside Service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Veterans Memorial Museum, 2425 Fresno Street, Fresno 93721, C.P.D.E.S. Hall, 172 W. Jefferson Avenue, Fresno 93706, St. Jude Building Fund, 208 W. Jefferson Avenue, Fresno 93706 or your favorite charity.


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Recitation of the Holy Rosary Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Fernando C. "Fred" "F.C." Machado

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Jan Belt

July 18, 2018

Fred was a good friend and neighbor. I will never forget how he donated his blood for my dad when he was in intensive care.....He supported us when we owned Fresno Livestock. He welcomed us into the Easton community and made us feel welcome. I am saddened to hear of his, my friend, you have done well in your journey of life. Jan Belt


July 13, 2018

Shipmate, veteran, friend. Fred, I hope you realized the amazing job you did, keeping these USS Montague reunions going for most of 63 years. I thank you and salute you. Now start the reunions in heaven for all our past shipmates that were called up. The rest of us will see you soon.