After a bravely fought battle with cancer, John Joseph Doucette, 59, of Lodi, passed away peacefully at home, with family at his side on April 24th.
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Jack and Vera Doucette welcomed John, their third child, into the world on March 27, 1954. His parents added three more children to fill a bountiful household of eight. John attended St Gertrude's and St. Luke's elementary schools, Lodi High, Delta College and Chico State. Through his life, John enjoyed the challenge, camaraderie, and competitive nature of sports. In high school and college John was a standout football player. He also wrestled and played rugby during those years. But, it wasn't all rough and tumble with John. From an early age he spent all his spare time playing something including water skiing, snow skiing, golfing and hiking in the Sierras.
Professionally, John was the president and owner of Acme Saw and Supply - the family business he had started working in part-time as a teenager before joining his father in the business full-time after college. He was as competitive in business as he was in athletics. The business grew substantially under his watchful eye and expanded from a single location in Stockton to five stores in Northern California. In 2007, John was pleased to have his oldest son, John Paul, join the business. John was active in a variety of industry groups and developed a range of business associates and friends both inside and outside of the Company. He was also a member of Stockton Rotary, the Stockton Executive Club and Woodbridge Golf and Country Club.
Above all, John was devoted to his family. He and his beloved wife of thirty-five years, Mary, raised two sons, John Paul and Marc, of whom they are most proud. John and Mary derived endless fulfillment from being closely involved in their sons' lives - from the classroom to the sports fields and beyond. John was the coach for both of his son's basketball teams. During that time, John was also the athletic director at St. Anne's in Lodi – a role he cherished as it allowed him to share the virtues he found in sports with so many others. As his boys moved on to high school and college John became a water polo fan as he watched his sons excel in the sport.
John is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, John Paul (Mania) and Marc Doucette; mother, Vera Doucette; brother, Tom (Barbara) Doucette; sisters, Pegi (Steve) Schaefer, Diana (Richard) Howen and Michelle (Chris) Simon; and granddaughter, Elle Doucette; along with many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Jack Doucette; and brother, Daniel Doucette.
A Mass will be held at St. Joachim's Catholic Church, in Lockeford, at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 30 to May 7, 2013