Vincent E. Petrucci

July 13, 1925December 27, 2016

Vincent E. Petrucci, age 91, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born in Crockett, CA, on July 13, 1925, to Italian immigrant parents, Vincent C. Petrucci, and Assunta Spero, and raised on his family's farm in Escalon, CA. He entered the United States Navy during World War II, and was preparing to become a naval aviator but the war ended. He then attended University of California, Davis, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pomology, and a Master of Science degree in Horticulture. In 1994, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of Science from California State University, Fresno. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Josephine San Julian, for 69 years, until her death just a few short weeks ago on November 9, 2016. Together they moved to Fresno in 1948, where he had accepted a position as one of the professors hired to expand the School of Agriculture at Fresno State College. He developed the Viticulture and Enology programs and was director of the Viticulture and Enology Research Center. He was a passionate professor serving students for almost five decades. He traveled to every corner of the world where grapes were grown and was often met at the airports by his international students. Our dad had a generous heart and an unbridled zest for life in everything he attempted, be it golfing at Fort Washington Country Club, fishing with his grandchildren, hunting, entertaining, or cheering his sports teams, especially the Fresno State Bulldogs as a fan extraordinaire. But most of all he loved God, he loved his grapes, he loved his wine, he loved his family, he loved his friends, and he loved his students. What better legacy to leave us with than his love.

He was a loving father to his five children, Julianne Calvet, Kristene Scholefield and husband John, Stephanie Weber and husband Doug, Vincent P. Petrucci and wife Terri Lynn, Terrie Antonino and husband Joe; and an adoring Papa to 16 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind two sisters, Violet Germano, and Celia Dismukes; and many nieces and nephews.

Vistation will be held at Lisle Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. A Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Spirit on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. A burial will be private. To honor our father, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Vincent Petrucci Endowment (for viticulture and enology student scholarships) or the Vincent E. Petrucci Library Endowment. Ag One Foundation, 2910 E. Barstow Ave, MS OF 115, Fresno, CA 93740


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 3, 2017
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, January 3, 2017
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Vincent E. Petrucci

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ann staebler pardini

January 7, 2017

A very nice memorial service. My condolences to the whole family. He gave a nice speech at my father's service. Mr & Mrs Petrucci sat w/ me and I asked them how many grand & great grandchildren and their names. It took a few minutes but I think they listed all at that time (2007). A family to be proud of.

Steve McIntyre

January 4, 2017

To Petrucci Family:
My condolences to you all for the passing of both your mother and father. As you know Vince was more than a professor to me, he was instrumental in helping me find direction in my young life. Were it not for his inspirational teaching performance in Vit 101 that cold, foggy January day (my first day of attendance at CSUF) back in 1979 I honestly believe I would have packed up my dorm room and driven back to SoCal, acting on my homesickness and waywardness. I will never forget his passion and I think about it often at harvest each season. God bless you all, his memory shall not be forgotten!

Steve and Kim McIntyre

Bode Family

January 3, 2017

Very sad news to hear the loss of both Mr and Mrs Petrucci. I met the very sweet couple many years ago through my grandparents Harry and Freda Bode. We were all very fond of them and they will be missed greatly. Our condolences and love to the family.

Jeff & Jodi Rubbo

January 3, 2017

So very sorry to hear of your loss.. thoughts and prayers go out to the Petrucci family.

Monica Sauri (Garachena side)

January 2, 2017

✝ To Tio Vincent- such a genteel scholar. Thank you for your love of family, zest for life and belief in the possibilities... May you Rest In Peace with our beloved Tia Jo ✝. Te amo

Anthony and Joann Florentino

January 2, 2017

Our condolences to the Petrucci Family. Vince and Jo were awesome neighbors, they will surely be missed. May they rest in peace.

Kathy Patterson

January 1, 2017

You will be dearly missed. You will Noe rest in peace with your beloved wife