Joe J. Machado, a prominent dairy farmer and landowner in Manteca passed peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and family in his home on Thursday, June 21, at age 90. He joins his oldest son, Joseph J. “Joey” Machado, Jr. in heaven.
He married Lillian E. Gormsen of Stockton on January 21, 1951, his devoted wife of 67 years. They worked side-by-side as they built their livelihood into a thriving and dynamic business. Beyond being a shrewd businessman, he was a caring and generous husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Joe’s greatest joys were working on his ranches and spending time with his wonderful, large family. He enjoyed geography and topography and taking drives to survey his ranches and the surrounding countryside. He loved animals of all kind, and they loved him. He had a prolific memory and an uncanny ability to recall numbers and statistics. Joe loved to share stories with friends and family and his laugh was infectious. He enjoyed Westerns and a contentious card game of Pedro. Joe was a visionary and trailblazer in the dairy industry and will be remembered for his business acumen, generosity, integrity, leadership, and sense of humor.
Joe was the last of eight children of John R. and Florinda Machado, born in Feteira, Terceira, on June 5, 1928. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and his son, Joey. He is survived by his wife, Lillian, and their loving children, daughter and son-in-law Joanne and Bruce Kimbrough of Tracy, daughter and son-in-law Janet and Daryl Dyk of Manteca, daughter Judy Machado of Manteca, daughter and son-in-law Jayne and Randy Branscum of Manteca, son and daughter-in-law John and Zita Machado of Manteca, their nine grandchildren, Amy Bavaro of Escalon, Daryl Dyk of Ripon, Rachel Kimbrough of Los Angeles, Ryan Dyk of Farmington, Alexia Mark of New York, Jayde Branscum, Chyna Branscum, John Machado, Rayna Branscum all of Manteca, and fourteen great-grandchildren.
He was a past president and founding member of Dairy Herd Improvement Association, founding member and treasurer of Central Valley Dairymen, past president and director of M.R.P.S., director of F.E.S.M., Western United Dairymen, and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Home Administration, member of California Milk Advisory Board, San Joaquin County Farm Bureau, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, U.P.E.C., S.E.S., Luso-American and various other civic and dairy organizations.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 27, from 3 to 7 p.m. at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 N. Union Road, Manteca, Ca. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on Thursday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 505 E. North Street, Manteca, Ca. Burial at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, 17871 Carrolton Road, Escalon Ca.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude’s 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 An online guest book for remembrances and condolences is available at www.plfryandson.com.
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