JOSEPH F. DUTRA, JR.
AUG. 1, 1943 - DEC. 4, 2012
Joseph F. Dutra, Jr. a lifelong resident of Merced County passed away suddenly Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Joe was born in Merced on August 1, 1943 to Joseph and Mary Dutra. Joe married Joyce Faria in 1971 and they were married almost 41 years before her passing in December 0f 2011. Joe served his country in the Army and after returning to the Merced area he began a long career as a farmer & rancher. He also operated Dutra's Market for 32 years alongside his wife.Joe was a kind-hearted, humble, easygoing guy who loved to be around his family. He will be remembered as the ultimate jokester. He enjoyed farming and tending to his cows. He also loved going the coast especially Cayucos and driving around in his classic Model A cars. Joe was a member of the Winton VFW
and the American Legion.Joseph F. Dutra, Jr. is survived by his son, Joseph F. Dutra, III of Winton and his mother Mary Dutra also of Winton. He leaves his siblings Frank Dutra, Dan Dutra of Winton, Alvin Dutra of Mendota, Alice Brady, Cindy Rodriguez of Merced and Dianne Koehn of Atwater. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Joyce Dutra in 2011 and by his father Joseph Dutra in 1990 and his brother Bill Dutra in 1995.Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 3-5 PM at Wilson Family Funeral Chapel, 1290 Winton Way, Atwater, CA. 95301, with Rosary at 6PM at Immaculate Conception. Mass will be Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10 AM at St. Anthony Catholic Church with burial to follow at Winton District Cemetery. www.cvobituaries.com