JOE F. DZAJKICH
Joe passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Joe was born on January 24, 1934 in Los Angeles, CA. He was the first generation born in America to Croatian immigrants, Simun & Mary Dzajkich. He was preceded in death by Nancy, his beautiful wife of 42 years. He was also preceded in death by his sister Roseann, brother Bob, and his precious grandson Marcus Johnson, who died in a tragic accident just two weeks ago. Joe is survived by his three loving daughters and their husbands: Karen Dzajkich & Glen Uslan of North Las Vegas, NV, Sharan & Jim Atterberry of North Las Vegas, NV, Gina & Rob Johnson and grandson Hayden Johnson of Santa Rosa, CA. He is also survived by his loving sisters, Maryann Alvarado of Hesperia, CA and Helen Dey of Temple City, CA, as well as many dear nephews and nieces.
Joe graduated from Covina High School in 1951 and worked as a bricklayer building manholes until he and his brother Bob, and Bob's brother -in-law George Fricke, formed and established their own company, Southwest Concrete Products in Ontario, CA in 1966. Joe was instrumental in going up against the giants of the industry and getting Southwest precast concrete products approved by various counties, cities and municipalities. Upon selling his share of the company in 1977, Joe, Nancy and daughter Gina moved to Sebastopol, CA, where he and Nancy owned and operated a Ford Mustang parts store and restored classic Mustang cars. Always having missed Southern California, they moved back "home" in 1987, where he lived the rest of his life. Joe continued to enjoy building and construction and even pouring concrete until just last year.
Joe loved spending time with his family, friends and neighbors, especially his pride and joy, his grandsons Marcus & Hayden. He made friends easily wherever he went and still cherished the friendships and visits with friends that he had known since elementary school and high school. He enjoyed all sports, his favorites being football and basketball. He especially loved playing basketball with his two young grandsons. He was a true patriot, very knowledgeable about American history, government and politics. He enjoyed sharing this passion with anyone who would listen! Joe was loved by many and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, neighbors and all who had the opportunity to know him.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 4:00 at Church of Our Heritage at Forest Lawn, Covina Hills, 21300 Via Verde Drive, Covina, CA