Joseph Robert Falcone
August 7, 1944 – January 2, 2019
Joseph Falcone, a longtime Tracy resident, passed away on January 2 in Sacramento after a short illness. Joe was born in San Jose in 1944 and grew up on his family’s apricot ranch on Winchester Blvd. He was president of the 1962 graduating class at Campbell High School, and earned a BA from San Jose State University while also serving in the Marine Reserves. In 1968 he married Diane Piazza and moved to Tracy, where he farmed, packed, and dried apricots under the label Orchard Gold for 42 years. He served on the boards of the Banta Carbona Irrigation District and the Apricot Producers of California. In 2009 he and Diane moved to a home of his own design on the Smith River outside Crescent City, where he welcomed many visits from friends and family. He loved the natural beauty of the area and was an avid fly fisherman.
Joe is the son of the late Salvador and Lillian Falcone, and is predeceased by his sister Marie Elena Falcone. He is survived by his loving wife Diane, his devoted children Arcadia Falcone and Janelle Plaskett (Scott), and his beloved grandchild Wesley Plaskett. His generosity of spirit will be missed by all who knew him.
A memorial mass will be said at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 2350 Winchester Blvd., Campbell on Thursday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln St., Santa Clara. Flowers may be sent to Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary, 466 North Winchester Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95050, or donations made to the Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation, 351 Evergreen Dr., Ste. A, Bozeman, MT 59715.
- Funeral Mass Thursday, January 17, 2019
- Burial Thursday, January 17, 2019