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Josiah Lloyd "Joe" Francisco


1934 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Josiah Lloyd "Joe" Francisco Obituary
JOSIAH LLOYD "JOE" FRANCISCO Age 81, passed away January 22, 2016 while surrounded by family at his home in Riverside, California following a long and brave battle with Leukemia. He was born on November 6, 1934 in Riverside, California to Ellery Dewey and Grace L. Francisco. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Darlene Francisco; brother John Francisco; daughter Denise Martin; son Jeffrey Francisco, and grandchildren Kelli and Katie Martin. He was a lifelong resident of Riverside and often fondly recalled the many experiences he had growing up in town and the area surrounding Fairmount Park. He was a Korean War Veteran and had many adventures in the Pacific while proudly serving in the U.S. Navy from 1952-56. After his return from the Navy he soon married Darlene in Riverside and along with his loving wife raised two children. He spent most of his working life in the electrical contracting trade and retired after spending many years at Series Electric in Riverside. Never one to sit still too long he always enjoyed traveling whether it was a short trip to Idyllwild for breakfast or a month journey by car to see sites and family across the country. He was a loving grandfather and spent as much time as he could during his retirement with his two granddaughters who each jokingly vied to be #1 in his eyes. When he did sit still he was a constant reader. He satisfied his ever inquisitive nature with topics about history and relaxed with many works of fiction. Thoroughly reading the daily newspaper was a lifelong ritual he said he learned from his parents. He valued and took seriously the need to be a responsible citizen and stayed on top of current events while never missing an opportunity to vote. He was known to always offer a helping hand or assistance big or small to others and was always appreciative and grateful to those who helped him. Above all he was ever devoted to his loving wife Darlene. Although it hardly seemed possible to grow deeper, their love for each other did so every year of the 57 they spent together. Per his request services will be private for family only. Instead of flowers the family asks that you instead spread some kindness and joy to all you encounter throughout your day as he always did.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 3, 2016
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