Arthur Marco Moretti, patriarch of the long time Santa Ysabel Ranch family, has passed away. Marco Moretti, was born on the Santa Ysabel Ranch at the Mesa Chiquite in Mesa Grande on February 13, 1924, to Italian Swiss immigrants, Felix and Ernesta Moretti, from the Canton of Cevio, and passed away on the Santa Ysabel Ranch at the Carrisito on June 7, 2014.
Marco graduated from elementary school at the one room school house in Witch Creek. He received his high school diploma from Julian High School Class of 1943. He did not participate in the graduation ceremony as he was drafted into World War II
in his senior year and served in the U.S. Army
stationed at 1119th Field Hospital for three years in the South Pacific on the island of New Guinea.
Marco was a lifelong Cattle Rancher and avid Hunter. He also was a heavy equipment operator and relief milker at the Santa Ysabel Dairy. He was also well known for his homemade wine and for fabricating cattle branding irons for local ranchers. He was also a member of California Cattlemen's Association and California Farm Bureau.
Marco was pre-deceased by his wife, Nancy Moretti in 2007, and brother, Auggie Moretti in 1964. He is survived by his three children, Tina (Bill) Plunkett of Ramona, Katy Moretti of Julian and Rick (Sandy) Moretti of Santa Ysabel; four grandchildren, Dustin Plunkett, Chason Plunkett, Rowlynda Moretti and Mac Moretti; brother, Ernie (Joyce) Moretti of Ramona; sisters-in-law, Janet (Frank) Taylor of Warner Springs and Carol (Bob) Weaver of Bakersfield; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held on June 21, 2014, at 2 pm at the Carrisito Ranch, 25580 Highway 79, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070. Guests are invited to bring a side dish or dessert to share.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to either of Marco's favorite charities, Saint Jude's Children's Hospital or Paralyzed Veterans.