OBITUARY

Joe Granados

September 15, 1932November 4, 2018

Joe Granados was born to the Granados family in the central Valley of California in September 1932. Alfonso and Maria Granados raised their family in the bountiful farming community that was rich in culture and traditions. Joe attended the local elementary school with his siblings, but left school early to work on the farm. Joe worked hard for many years growing sweet potatoes with a friend whom later became his business partner. Together they built a successful distributing company that served the Safeway’s of the Central Valley.

Joe married and divorced twice and raised two daughters, Debbi Granados Wilson and Catherine Granados. He was a loving and supportive father who encouraged his daughters to work hard and establish careers.

Adventure was Joe’s passion, he raced motorcycles and cars in his youth. Later in life he became interested in racing boats. He competed in the local Lake Yosemite regatta for many years collecting many winning trophies. He also had a love of nature and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. Joe spent much of his spare time camping, fishing, and hunting. Upon retirement he settled in his beloved cabin nestled in the mountains. Watching football was another favorite pastime and he was a loyal 49er fan. He seldom left the house without his favorite 49er cap! Joe traveled when ever he could get away and appreciated exploring and seeing new places. In the summer of 2017 he was able to fulfill a life long dream of vacationing in Alaska. He boarded a cruise ship with his daughter Debbi and son-in-law Bill Wilson touring along the coast of Alaska.

In Joe’s later years he became ill and was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease. As the disease advanced it became necessary for his daughters to care for him. Catherine cared for her father in her home. Later Joe relocated to Debbi’s home in Norman, Oklahoma. He enjoyed being surrounded by a loving and caring family. He looked forward to Catherine’s annual visits on his birthday and loved hearing all the family news from California.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother Maria Mederno Yepez, Alfonso Granados, brother Cruz Granados, sisters Alice Paculba, Betty Macias, and Sally Mendoza. Joe is survived by his sisters Amelia Martinez, Ann Bowden, Sarah Herrera, and Vera Maher. His children Debbi Granados Wilson, Catherine Granados, grandchildren Joni Wilson Bigornia, Megan Wilson Wooldridge, and Ross Wilson. As well as two great grandchildren Alejandra Dickens and Liam Dickens.

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Sandy Fultz

November 6, 2018

Growing up in The mountains our uncle Joe would visit us often. My memory of Uncle Joe was his gruffness we always knew as kids to be on our best behavior in the company of our uncle. He would bring gifts to us when we were young he seemed to enjoy doing this because I recall more than once him doing this for us. We as a family would visit him while we were in the valley I recall the salami he would cut up and share with us, and his pet E-err (that little white dog) spending the night at his house, so fun.
Later when we moved to the Central Valley we would go watch him race his boat, I always thought the mural on his boat was crazy, the girl with the scorpion wow! Cousin Mitch always had stories of him and uncle Joe riding their motorcycles.
Mom recently got to see uncle Joe a month ago or so, I’m so happy she was able to see him once again. Mom definitely feeling the loss and reflecting on her and his life.
Condolences to my family.

Sandy

Patrick Colvin

November 6, 2018

He was and always will be my favorite uncle. Even when he got mad at me for tip toeing in the house after he told me to be quiet or changing the channel cause I thought he was asleep, but he was just resting his eyes according to him.

Debbie Macias

November 6, 2018

Debbie Macias

November 6, 2018

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Biography

Joe Granados was born to the Granados family in the central Valley of California in September 1932.

Alfonso and Maria Granados raised their family in the bountiful farming community that was rich in culture and traditions. Joe attended the local elementary school with his siblings, but left school early to work on the farm. Joe worked hard for many years growing sweet potatoes with a friend whom later became his business partner. Together they built a successful distributing company that served the Safeway’s of the Central Valley.

Joe married and divorced twice and raised two daughters, Debbi Granados Wilson and Catherine Granados. He was a loving and supportive father who encouraged his daughters to work hard and establish careers.

Adventure was Joe’s passion, he raced motorcycles and cars in his youth. Later in life he became interested in racing boats. He competed in the local Lake Yosemite regatta for many years collecting many winning trophies. He also had a love of nature and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. Joe spent much of his spare time camping, fishing, and hunting. Upon retirement he settled in his beloved cabin nestled in the mountains. Watching football was another favorite pastime and he was a loyal 49er fan. He seldom left the house without his favorite 49er cap! Joe traveled when ever he could get away and appreciated exploring and seeing new places. In the summer of 2017 he was able to fulfill a life long dream of vacationing in Alaska. He boarded a cruise ship with his daughter Debbi and son-in-law Bill Wilson touring along the coast of Alaska.

In Joe’s later years he became ill and was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease. As the disease advanced it became necessary for his daughters to care for him. Catherine cared for her father in her home. Later Joe relocated to Debbi’s home in Norman, Oklahoma. He enjoyed being surrounded by a loving and caring family. He looked forward to Catherine’s annual visits on his birthday and loved hearing all the family news from California.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother Maria Mederno Yepez, Alfonso Granados, brother Cruz Granados, sisters Alice Paculba, Betty Macias, and Sally Mendoza. Joe is survived by his sisters Amelia Martinez, Ann Bowden, Sarah Herrera, and Vera Maher. His children Debbi Granados Wilson, Catherine Granados, grandchildren Joni Wilson Bigornia, Megan Wilson Wooldridge, and Ross Wilson. As well as two great grandchildren Alejandra Dickens and Liam Dickens.