at his side on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. He was born November 3, 1921 in Los Angeles, CA.|
Joe was employed in the agriculture industry most of his working life. He served in both accounting and purchasing roles for Inter Harvest/Sun Harvest/Sun World in both Salinas and Bakersfield and retired at the age of 77.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Spreckels, as well as the Knights of Columbus and Elks Lodges in both Salinas and Bakersfield. During World War II in the 50th Medical Battalion of the U.S. Army he landed on Normandy Beach and served in the Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns.
While devoted to his family and his Catholic Faith he also thoroughly enjoyed traveling the world, fishing, golfing, skiing, photographing nature, camping, tending to his fruit trees, good food and wine, playing bridge, walking Monterey beaches, watching the crops growing in the fields, and rooting for his grandchildren at their sporting events.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Sandra Norma Leavitt, who passed away in 1996. He is survived by his brother, Fred Leavitt of Exeter, CA; his daughters, Elaine Leavitt of Jakarta, Indonesia and Ann (Mike) Briley of Salinas; and his son, Steve (Kim) Leavitt of Salinas. "Papa" leaves behind ten adoring grandchildren: Jenna, Ryan, Tim, Tyler, Matt, Amber, Nathan, Patrick, Grace and Angela, all of Salinas.
Visitation will be held Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA 93901.
Rosary will be held Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at Struve and Laporte Chapel.
Funeral Mass will be held Monday, May 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1 Railroad Ave., Spreckels, CA 93962.
Burial will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Salinas, CA 93907,
with Military Honors.
The family would like to thank the many caregivers at Villa Serra. Donations may be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, P.O. Box 7158, Spreckels, CA 93962. Funeral arrangements are by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.
For more information and to share a memory visit www.struveandlaporte.com.
Published in The Monterey Herald on May 2, 2014