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Balcao, Joseph Silva  
Joseph Balcao died peacefully on December 17, 2014 in Stockton, CA at the age of 92. Joseph Balcao was born on March 9, 1922 to Elio and Mary Balcao, and he was the older brother to Mary R. Balcao and Helen Balcao Cudney, all of whom have all preceded him in death. Joseph was born on Roberts Island and graduated from Fairchild Grammar School and Stockton High School. After serving in the Army during World War II, he graduated from Humphreys College with a degree in accounting. He started his career working for Oscar Budd Kleinfeld's Accounting Firm. Joe married Rose Marie Morais on April 9, 1944. He was proud of the four sons they had together: Darryl (Olivia), Drake (Judith), Dale (Marilyn), and Dean and their eight grandchildren: Jonathon, Erica (Douglas), David, Elizabeth, Scott, Carissa, Madison and Brady. Joe and Rose enjoyed 43 years of marriage before the passing of Rose on August 28, 1987. Joe's love of being outdoors led him to the establishment of his life-long business, Balcao Land Leveling, Inc., which he formed in 1956, and operated for the next fifty-seven years. Joe's passion was water skiing and boat racing, and he won many first place trophies in both ski racing and tournament ski competitions by showing off his skills through tricks, jumps, and slalom, and in pyramid and doubles competitions. On November 11, 1948, he was one of the original five founding members of the Stockton Water Ski Club, and became a charter member on April 7, 1949, along with Gene Meister, Charles Besotes, Hubert Miller and Anthony Costa. He served as Ski Club President in 1952. On October 10, 1954, he set a world record for continuously water skiing for 276 miles. He won the Pacific Coast V-Drive Boat Championship in 1957, 1959, and from 1961 through 1965. He won the Lake Tahoe Boat Race Championships nine years in a row. On September 15, 1961, he established the record of 93.5 miles per hour for a gasoline operated boat in the quarter mile drag race at the Fremont Marine Stadium. In 1966, he was the Mid-Cal Boat Racing Association Hi-Point Winner for Unlimited Hot Boats and was named President of this Association in 1967. During his racing career he flipped his boat three times while boat racing but was never seriously injured. One proud moment in Joe's life was the formation of a human chain with his cousin to rescue an 11-year-old boy who had slipped into a 28-foot deep hole along the Calaveras River. The boy's father established the Balcao Perpetual Trophy which was awarded annually to the winner of the Stockton Water Ski Club's regatta marathon ski race every summer at the Port of Stockton. Joseph Balcao was a member of the Club Portuguese of Stockton. He joined in 1954 and remained a member for 60 years and for 59 years he served on the Board of Directors. He was the Club President from 1961-1963 and he was the Festa President in 1963. On April 21, 1990, Joe married Helen Lima. They enjoyed almost 25 years of marriage until she passed away on November 23, 2014. Joe was the proud step-father of Jeanelle Butler, Andrea (Manuel) Cotta, and Patricia (Jack) Hamm. He also enjoyed the time spent with her seven grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. On November 15, 2006, Joe was proudly inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame for a distinguished career in water skiing and boat racing. The Rosary and Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 28th at the Chapel of the Palms Funeral Home, 303 S. California Street in Stockton. The Rosary will take place at 3pm with the Visitation hours beginning at 12pm and lasting until 5pm. The funeral mass will be held at the Cathedral of the Annunciation on Monday, December 29th at 10am. Entombment will take place at the San Joaquin Mausoleum. There will be a reception following at the Club Portuguese Stockton Ballroom located at 9650 Thornton Road. Donations can be made in Joe's name to the CPSC Scholarship Club and mailed to P.O. Box 690876 - Stockton, CA 95269.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Dec. 23, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2015
Beckman, Jean Orcutt  
Jean Orcutt Beckman was born October 21, 1925 in Stockton. Daughter of Myron A. "Al" and Louise Orcutt, she attended El Dorado Grammer School, Stockton High School and Stockton Junior College. For 36 years she was employed by Pinkerton Foundry, Inc. in Lodi and went from bookkeeper to Vice-President. During the years 1974 to 1977, she assisted James Pinkerton, Jr., in organizing the California Cast Metals Association, a legislative branch in Sacramento to assist the foundry industry in California. In recognition of the role she played in the formation of CCMA she was awarded the Ervin C. Tetzlaff Memorial Award on May 23, 1984, in the City of Sacramento. She was preceeded in death by her parents, her husband, Raymond Woodworth Beckman, Jr., her son, Raymond (Woody) Beckman of Irvine, and grandson, David, and her sister, Anita Orcutt Rossi of Stockton and Aptos. She is survived by two sons; Ronald Beckman (Kathy) of Lodi and Drs Walter (Nancy) Beckman of Corte Madera, daughter Nancy Michels R.N. (Brian) of San Anselmo, and daughter-in-law Patty Beckman of Irvine. She is also survived by 6 grandsons, 5 granddaughters, 3 great grandchildren and various nieces and nephews. Jean was a Life Member of Soroptimist International of Lodi, a member of the Woman's Club of Lodi, a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society, a docent at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum and volunteer at Hutchins Street Square. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:00am in the chapel of Donahue Funeral Home. Committal will be private at San Joaquin Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of choice.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Dec. 13 to Dec. 20, 2014
Brager, Louie Joseph  
Louie Brager passed away at home surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his wife, Paula Albertson Brager; sons, Louie J. Jr. (Lynn) and George; daughter, Angelina Hall (Mike); grandsons, George Jr., Frank (Kassandra) and Robert Wilson; granddaughter, Joann Robinson (Pat); great grandson Hayden Brager and great granddaughter Kai'Lani Robinson. Also sister Louise Cain (Joe) and brother William (Mary); sister-in-law Betty Mattingly, Emily Aston and Gilda Brager. He had many, many nieces and nephews and nine stepchildren who were a large part of his life and will miss him dearly. Waiting for Louie are his parents Marie J. and Tony J. Brager, his dearly loved first wife of 53 years Barbara Marie; brothers and sisters, Joe, Frank, Tony, Manuel, Lou, Jim, John, Mary and Arthur. Louie J. Brager was a man of small physical stature who stood head and shoulders above other men. He was a man of many friends who was always giving. The apricots, peaches, figs and lemons from his orchard were never sold but always freely given; his tools were always on loan; his truck often carried another's load; his touch with his tractor sometimes a gift. Dear Louie - You will always be remembered by everyone with love and I will love you forever. – Paula Memorial Services were held December 17, 2014, at St. Christopher's in Galt, California.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Dec. 19 to Dec. 26, 2014
Buck, Steve Ray  
On December 10, 2014, Steve was freed from pain and suffering and entered into the arms of Jesus. Steve was born on July 4, 1955, in Stockton, to Eldon and Lorraine Buck. He had worked in trucking for 15 years. Steve loved his visits with his sister, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, camping and playing poker with his family and friends. Approximately 7 years ago he received Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. The last few years had been a big trial and test, both physically and mentally. However his faith in God gave him such peace and joy that everyone that saw him was amazed at his outlook on life even with all he was going through. The joy of the Lord was truly his strength. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Steve is survived by his father, Eldon Buck; daughter, Tonia (Manuel) Arevalo; son, Dana (Jenn) Buck; grandchildren, Katelyn Austin, Daniel Arevalo, Emma Buck, and Aiden Buck; sister Cindy (Ken) Parkerson; step-mother, Mary Buck; step-brother, Larry Elliott; step-sisters, Joy Huffman, Terry Lakey, and Julie Lakey. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine Elliott; step-father, Chug Elliott; and grandmother, Sybil Hoover. A Celebration of Life will be held at Horizon Community Church at 446 Fairway Drive, Galt, Ca 95632, on Sunday December 14 at 3:00 p.m. Committal is private. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. 
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Dec. 12 to Dec. 20, 2014
Bullington, Elvera  
Elvera Bullington was called to her heavenly home on December 10, 2014 at the age of 94. She was born in Wasco, CA on September 18, 1920 to Henry and Susan Voth. She was educated in Wasco schools and graduated from Bakersfield Junior College with a degree in Secretarial Science in 1940. After graduation, she worked as a secretary for Bakersfield High School. In 1941, she moved to Fresno where she met her future husband Don Bullington. They were married on May 14, 1943 at the Wasco Baptist Church. They celebrated their 50th anniversary on May 14, 1993, six months before Don's passing. Together they operated a Registered Guernsey Dairy on Collier Road for 15 years. In 1963, she was employed by the San Joaquin Local Health District in Stockton for over 22 years until her retirement in 1986. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church for over 60 years where she served in various roles, including singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, and helping to start the first library. Some special memories include family gatherings for birthdays, decorating Christ-mas cookies, making New Year's kuchen, and attending the Singing Christmas Tree in Sacramento. She was a kind, generous, loving woman who had a strong faith in God which she tried to instill in her children and grandchildren from an early age. She is survived by her sons Gary Bullington and Chuck (Donna) Bullington; daughter Sharon Allen; grandchildren Kelly Allen (Christy), Nick Bullington, and Heather Ordez; and great-grandsons Evan Frisbie and Ryan Allen. She was preceded in dealth by her husband Don Bullingon; parents Henry and Susan Voth; brother Loren Voth; and sister Velda Howen. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 19th at 1 pm at Temple Baptist Church (801 S. Lower Sacramento Rd., Lodi). Visitation will be that morning from 9-11:30 at Cherokee Funeral Home (831 Industrial Way, Lodi). Committal will be private.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Dec. 16 to Dec. 23, 2014
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