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Joseph William Dutra Sr.

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Joseph William Dutra Sr.

On the morning of August 9th, 2007, Joseph William Dutra Sr. sadly lost his fight against cancer and went home to Heaven.

Joseph (Joe) was born December 21, 1937 to Joseph and Leona (Rhodes) Dutra. He attended Arcata High School and it was there he met the love of his life Beverly Alden. They started dating their sophomore year in high school and were married in 1956.

Soon after marrying, Joe joined the Air Force. Throughout the years, he shared with his family many stories of his time spent in Turkey.

After the Air Force, Beverly and Joe made a home in Arcata for their family of six children. He was involved with his children’s activities whether it was Boy Scouts, Little League, or St. Mary’s school and church. Joe was a dedicated, unselfish and loving father to his brood!

In 1972, Joe and Bev moved their family to Blue Lake. Joe became very active in the community with Dancing Club, the Blue Lake Fire Department, and as a board member at Blue Lake School. He spent countless hours volunteering his time and efforts.

Joe loved sports! He enjoyed playing baseball for the Arcata High Tigers and the Blue Lake Chicks and in his later years, fast-pitch softball. He brought his love of the sport to his children and grandchildren by giving of his time and expertise to coach many of them in their various leagues.

Joe’s last coaching job was at Arcata High School, where he coached both his daughter and granddaughter’s fast-pitch softball teams. It gave him great joy coaching them and their friends.

Besides Beverly, Joe’s other great love was the San Francisco 49ers! He spent many summers in the boiling heat of Rocklin watching them get ready for their new season. It didn’t matter if they were winning or losing- he was a Forty-Niner Faithful!

After living in Blue Lake for 33 years, the Dutra’s moved to their dream home in Mckinleyville. Joe looked forward to spending his golden years there with Bev.

Unfortunately, his dream wasn’t to be realized. Just as Joe was getting ready to retire from the mill that he had worked at for the last 38 years, he was diagnosed with cancer.

His cancer was aggressive and took Joe from us three months later. His loving and generous nature will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Beverly; children, Natalie and Kerry Houston of Blue Lake, Nicki and Larry Wright of Rouge River, Oregon, Joseph Jr. and Glenda Dutra of Eureka, Dustin and Dora Dutra of McKinleyville, and Brooke and Kris Clark of San Jose; grandchildren Amy Houston, Sean Houston and fiancé Amy Roberts, Kelly and Ray Ross, Shae and Ryan Marquez, Bobbi Wright, Jesse Wright, Joseph III and Lara Dutra, Curtis Dutra, Darby Dutra and Ashley, Melissa and William Clark; great-grandchildren Jakob Ross and Haven Dutra; sisters Rita Beck (Ralph) and Leona Teixiera; brothers-in law Bill Alden (Linda), Gale Alden (Barbara); sister-in-law Marian Ghera; and aunt Mary Mellow.

He is preceded in death by his parents Leona and Joseph Dutra; mother and father-in-law Alice and Oscar Alden; and his son Darren Jay Dutra.

A Rosary will be held Monday August 13, 2007, at 7:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Blue Lake. A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday August 14th at 1:30 PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arcata followed by an interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Donations can be made in Joe’s honor to Hospice of Humboldt, Mad River Community Hospital Home Health Service, or the American Cancer Society. The staff of these organizations worked hard to make Joe’s last days as comfortable as possible.

Arrangements are under the care of Paul’s Chapel in Arcata.

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Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Aug. 11, 2007