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Joseph Lorenzo (Joe) Freitas Jr.


1933 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Joseph Lorenzo (Joe) Freitas Jr. Obituary
Joseph (Joe) Lorenzo Freitas, Jr. was born July 13, 1933 at St. Helena, CA and died Dec. 17. His parents were Joseph Lorenzo, Sr. and Lela (Gillespie) Freitas of Fairfield, CA; both of whom preceded him in death; as did his brother, William (Billy) Henry Freitas; and his loving wife of 60 years, Donna LaVon (Nunn) Freitas.Joe graduated from Armijo Union High School in Fairfield. Joe first started work at a service station in high school and worked on cars. He developed and used his outstanding mechanic abilities throughout his life. He worked for tractor and farm equipment dealerships in Fairfield, Petaluma, Red Bluff, and Woodland. He was the service manager for Woodland Tractor and Equipment Company (Woodland) for many years. He finished his career in the service department at Elm Ford on Main Street in Woodland. Joe met his wife, Donna, at church, and they married in 1953 in Petaluma. He was active in church as a Sunday School teacher and deacon, and he volunteered for various church projects, such as maintaining their buses. Joe and Donna helped start a church related camp high in the Sierras, Pilot Lake Camp, in 1964. He helped maintain equipment, including the camp power generator. He volunteered for Woodland Christian School building projects.Joe and Donna shared a love for animals and had several pets through the years. He loved cars, riding motorcycles, fishing, hunting, rebuilding and restoring tractors, and going to Starbucks with his buddies. He was known to drive a beautifully restored John Deere B tractor to Starbucks, a real conversation starter.Joe is survived by his three children, Richard Freitas (wife Lori); daughter, Melody Malmgren, and daughter, Susan Moylan (husband Sean). He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Calvin Freitas (wife Rebekah), Jesse Freitas (wife Hannah), Isaac Freitas (wife Tresena), RheaAnne Malmgren, and Mandy Malmgren.Joe's hard work ethic, generosity and grateful spirit showed his love for God and his community. He will be missed.The Celebration of Joe's life will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at West Valley Baptist Church, 18045 County Road 95, Woodland.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to West Valley Baptist Church, Woodland, or the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
Published in Daily Democrat from Jan. 3 to Jan. 12, 2019
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