José Horacio Brasil

May 22, 1947May 11, 2019

José Horacio Brasil, age 71, of Ceres, California passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019. He was born May 22, 1947 in Santo Antão, Topo, São Jorge, Açores to Maria and Manuel Estevam and has lived in Stanislaus County for forty years.

José is survived by: his wife, Maria Conceição Bettencourt Brasil of Ceres; son Michael Brasil (Veronica) of Stevinson; daughter Dacia Brasil of Ceres; daughter Rosa Agueda (Paul) of Stevinson; brother Antonio Estevam (Rosa) of El Nido; sister Guiomar Bernardette Martins of Modesto; sister Albertina Estevam of Santo Antão; sister Maria Lacalete Nunes (Eduardo) of Oakdale; as well as his grandchildren Lisa Mancebo, Michael Bento, Anthony Agueda, Natalie Brasil, Emalie Brasil, and grandchild Mitchel Brasil. Mr. Brasil also leaves behind many cousins, nieces, and nephews to honor his memory.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Fatima Brasil, sister Maria Brasil Morais, grandchild Daniel, nephew Junior Brasil, and brothers-in-law Manuel Bettencourt and João Martins.

Jose married Maria Conceição Bettencourt in December of 1973 in São Jorge, Açores and quickly moved to the United States to better their future. Shortly after arriving to America, they began their family. They had a set of twin girls; Dacia and Rosa, and had their son Michael the following year. He worked in the dairy industry as a cow milker until 1989. After that time, he started a dairy for himself in Oakdale and remained there until purchasing his own dairy facility in Ceres in 1999. He worked hard and enjoyed his time as a dairyman until retiring in 2004.

After retiring, he found joy in his hobbies which included gardening and tending to his small collection of livestock. You could often find him tending to his “quintal” (garden), or relaxing on a 5 gallon bucket in his barn as he happily cut sweet potatoes for his small herd. He also found a lot of joy in being near the ocean, fishing, attending Bode de Leite’s and enjoying Danças de Carnival and Contria performances with his beloved wife Maria Conceição.

He was a very simple man. No extravagances were ever needed or wanted. What he desired most was a happy family, a healthy herd, and a thriving crop of fava beans and “couves” from his garden. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his family and friends, where a good home cooked meal, and a friendly game of “sueca” or dominoes was sure to take place. He enjoyed being silly with his adoring grandchildren, and was always a good sport in participating in their many shenanigans. He taught them how to play cards, and in turn, they taught him how to “whip and dab”.

Jose was a kind man who wished success and happiness to everyone. He had such a big heart and was a kind and gentle soul. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A recitation of the rosary followed by a funeral mass for Mr. José Horacio Brasil will occur at 12:00 PM on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church: 1200 Lyons Avenue, Turlock, California. He will be laid to rest at Turlock Memorial Park: 575 N. Soderquist Road, Turlock, California.

Serving as pallbearers are Michael Brasil, Paul Agueda, Michael Bento, Anthony Agueda, Antonio Martins, and Rafael Avila.

Services for José Horacio Brasil are in the care of Whitehurst-Norton-Dias Funeral Service (FD504) in Turlock, California.


  • Maria Conceição Bettencourt Brasil, Wife
  • Michael Brasil, Son
  • Veronica Brasil, Daughter-in-law
  • Dacia Brasil, Daughter
  • Rosa Agueda, Daughter
  • Paul Agueda, Son-in-law
  • Antonio Estevam, Brother
  • Rosa Estevam, Sister-in-law
  • Guiomar Bernardette Martins, Sister
  • Albertina Estevam, Sister
  • Maria Lacalete Nunes, Sister
  • Eduardo Nunes, Brother-in-law
  • Lisa Mancebo, Grandchild
  • Michael Bento, Grandchild
  • Anthony Agueda, Grandchild
  • Natalie Brasil, Grandchild
  • Emalie Brasil, Grandchild
  • Mitchel Brasil, Grandchild

  • Michael Brasil
  • Paul Agueda
  • Michael Bento
  • Anthony Agueda
  • Antonio Martins
  • Rafael Avila


  • Recitation of the Rosary Followed by a Funeral Mass Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, May 20, 2019


José Horacio Brasil

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Helio Brasil

May 21, 2019

My uncle Joe was an amazing human being, he was a devoted husband, devoted father, devoted grandfather, loving brother and best friend to so many. My Uncle was a hard worker and committed to his family and his faith. He spent his life working to best provide for his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a simple man in the sense that he did not like attention, he did not like people making a fuss over him. He was not fond of suites and ties. He was most comfortable in his working clothes and most at peace when out tending to the animals or crops. As an immigrant he came to this country from the Azores with very little to his name. He and my aunt Connie worked extremely hard. He milked cows and raised his three children, two daughters Dacia, Rosa and his son Michael. He became a successful dairyman and with my aunt worked hard to purchase his beloved ranch and home. His grandchildren became the instant focus of his heart and future. He loved each and every one of his grandchildren. You were all indeed the love of his life and his reason for living.

My uncle was a simple, humble and proud man. He was happiest when helping others and was a true friend to so many. He loved his family and shared his work ethic with his daughters, son and grandchildren. He was always willing to help and support anyone in need. He gave selflessly and genuinely of all he had.

My thoughts, prayers and love are with his immediate family. I hope that they can take comfort in known he is in heaven along with my loving mother. May you rest in peace Tio Jose.

Helio Brasil

Rosemary Azevedo

May 20, 2019

Our prayers and condolences to the Brasil families. May the Lord provide you all with courage and strength during this difficult time.

Paul and Rosemary Azevedo

David Martins

May 14, 2019

Tio Jose thank you for everything you have done for me and Olivia . Opening your doors to us is just how you are , feeding us when we would come over to chat. I'm going to miss chatting with you and laughing with you , looking at you just reminds me of your dad my grandpa and your heart is as big as his . Rest In Peace Tio Jose until we meet again ....... Our prayers to Tia Connie and family to be strong and our Condolences to the family

Jorge and Liz Silva

May 14, 2019

Our deepest condolences. Tio José will forever be in our hearts.

Frank & Maria Antonieta Amarante

May 14, 2019

Our sincere condolences to all the family .

Delio e natal Silva

May 13, 2019

Our deepest condolences to all the family may God comfort you at this difficult time blessings to all

Cathy Correia Silva

May 13, 2019

Condolences and prayers to the family. Os nossos pesamos a Tia Connie e touda a familia.