Joseph Patrick Mazzoni Jr.

Obituary
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The exceptionally quick and witty humor of Joseph Mazzoni, Jr. brought laughter to any room he entered. A lovingly acknowledged prankster and a goofball throughout his life, Joe embraced his silliness as a child. As the only boy surrounded by two older sisters and one younger born to Joe Mazzoni, Sr. and Nancy Rosa, bouncing baby Joe made his presence known upon entry into the world. The family called Burns, Oregon home, where Joe appreciated the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing. He played high school football, basketball and was a wrestler at Burns Union High School, where he graduated in 1980. College at the University of Oregon followed, where Joe majored in business and joined Theta Chi Omega. Although he graduated in 1984, Joe revered his Oregon Ducks throughout his adult life, enthusiastically watching games with whomever shared his sports passion. He journeyed to San Francisco after college to work in the financial leasing business. He enjoyed his mid-twenties there, loving all the city had to offer, including his next-door neighbor and future wife, Wendy Bobo. Joe and Wendy fell in love and married on July 29, 1989 in Sacramento. Following a short span experiencing city life and taking on the role as Young Life leaders to local youth, Joe and Wendy made their way to the greater Sacramento area. Joe opened his own financial leasing business in Sacramento which he ran for eighteen years, North American Funding. He continued in that industry, most recently with Juniper Networks in San Jose. In 1992, they established their home and family in Rancho Murieta, California where they raised their three children, Giovanni, Gabriela, and Dominic, and enjoyed their extended family, aunts, uncles, cousins, both sets of grandparents, and oodles of friends and pets. Joe genuinely loved children and animals! He embraced his remote community and all it had to offer, including tennis, golf and mountain biking. Actively attending Rancho Murieta Community Church, travelling and scuba diving added flavor to his life, but fathering his children never wavered as his first priority. In fact, he loved driving their carpools and maintaining close relationships. They all adored their father and treasured their bonds with him as their young adult lives emerged. Happily, he knew Jesus so his story isn't over, but the world lost a wonderful man when Joe Mazzoni, Jr. experience a sudden medical incident, and took his place in heaven on January 3, 2019. Although his mother passed last year, his immediate survivors will miss him most, including father, Joe, Sr.; wife, Wendy; children, Giovanni, Gabriela, Dominic; and sisters, Cindy Heinz, Liz Hanacek, and Chris Bacon. Interment will be private, but all who loved Joe are invited to a Celebration of Life on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Rancho Murieta Country Club, 7700 Alameda Drive, Rancho Murieta, CA 95683. Please jot down a memory about Joe, and/or bring a favorite Joe photo for the family memory book. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made on behalf of Joe Mazzoni, Jr. to Elk Grove Young Life, 9460 Stone Springs Drive, Elk Grove, CA 95624, or giving.younglife.org/elkgrove.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jan. 11, 2019