Obituary: Joe Ochoa
Joe Ochoa of Exeter, Calif. went to be with the Lord on Jan. 22, 2019. He was 75 years old.
Joe was born Aug. 29, 1943 in Waco, Texas. The family came to California shortly after his birth. His parents were Bob and Frances Ochoa of Lindsay, Calif. He attended elementary school in Strathmore, and graduated from Exeter Union High School in 1962, where he was on the track and wrestling teams. He served in the U.S. Navy from June 3, 1964 to Jan. 31, 1969. He had a great love for his country, respected and honored veterans, and revered the American flag. He met his wife Debbie in Three Rivers in 1972, and they married Dec. 8, 1979.
Joe received Jesus as his Savior in 1981. He read his Bible regularly and believed in the power of prayer and forgiveness. He loved Jesus and loved to talk about him. He lived and worked in this area his entire life, retiring from Kraft Foods in 2006. For the past several years, he worked part time at Enterprise Rent-a-Car.
Joe had many interests and hobbies, especially those done outdoors. He loved riding bikes of all kinds. He rode a Harley for 40+ years, rode dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and loved to build and work on them in his garage. He built many projects over the years from bird house to furniture, but his passion recently was restoring his classic VW bug. He enjoyed camping with family and friends, in the mountains and especially at the coast. Working in his yard and planting tomatoes every year was also something he enjoyed. He loved the smell of freshly mowed grass and getting his hands dirty. He had very eclectic tastes in music and movies, was an avid reader, and had much compassion for animals.
Joe dearly loved his wife, cherished his son and daughter, and his grandchildren were precious to him. Joe will be lovingly remembered and very sadly missed.
He is survived by his wife Debbie or 40 years; daughter Heather (Jarrod) of Visalia; son Adam (Emily) of Tucson, Ariz.; granddaughter Avyn (Jay) of Visalia; grandsons Jacob and Riley of Visalia; sister Irene of San Diego; brother Martin (Kay) of Galloway, Ohio; brother Gilbert of Tulare; and many, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Frances Ochoa of Lindsay, and his sister Amelia of Porterville, Calif.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019 the Exeter District Cemetery. Following, will be a Celebration of Life from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Exeter Courthouse Gallery and Museum, 125 South B St. in Exeter.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansmillerguinnchapel.com. Services entrusted to Evans Miller Guinn Chapel in Exeter.