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August 29, 1928 - August 27, 2013
Martin Harry Vacca was a native of Modesto, CA, passing away two days prior to his 85th birthday. He was the youngest of two children born to Jack G. Vacca and Clara E. Tompkins-Vacca. Harry grew up in Modesto, but spent summers in Yosemite National Park where his father worked for the Curry Company. He attended John Muir Elementary School, Modesto High School (1946), Modesto Junior College, and Cal Poly. Harry was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and served in Germany with the 862 Engineers building airfields. Harry met his future wife Margaret E. Lederle while cruising Tenth Street in Modesto and was married for fifty seven years. Harry worked for various food processing companies including Patterson Canning and Tillie Lewis Foods, where he was Plant Superintendent. Summers were spent waterskiing and winters snow skiing with family and friends. Whether traveling across the U.S. or just a short trip to the coast Harry loved to motor home. We learned our love of books and literature as well as how to build and fix things from our father. They relocated to MiWuk Village, in Tuolumne County in 1979 having acquired Sierra Village Construction Company and retired in 1993. They traveled extensively for 15 years across the U.S. and Canada. After 32 years in MiWuk he relocated to Ripon, CA in 2011.
Harry is survived by his wife Margaret, his two children, Martin Ki Vacca (Annette) Atwater, CA, Shelli Vacca (Anne) Seattle, WA, and three grandchildren Kyle Combs, Chelsea Combs Coston (Addison) and Dillon Combs. Harry leaves behind his cousins Jane Lee Carr of Susanville and Nathan Burner of Ceres. In addition, he leaves behind many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. His parents Jack Vacca and Clara Foust, his stepfather Ernest Foust and his brother John N. Vacca preceded him in death.
Services will be held at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne City on October 5, 2013 at 11 AM.
Published in the Modesto Bee on Sept. 15, 2013