Joseph Garcia of Echo was born in Yuma, Arizona on July 11, 1925 the son of Joseph and Della (Galbrith) Garcia. He passed away in Hermiston on Monday December 30, 2019 at the age of 94.
Joseph grew up and attended school in Big Sandy near Wikieup, AZ. He married Dorothy Garbarino on August 23, 1947 in Kingman, AZ. The couple lived in Kingman, AZ for a while before moving to Umatilla, OR in the mid 1940's. They lived in Stanfield for a short time before moving to Echo in 1950.
Joseph worked on dam construction for a few years when he first arrived in Oregon. He then went to work as a munitions handler at the Umatilla Army Depot where he eventually retired. He continued to work at various odd jobs in the area for many years.
Joseph enjoyed building and flying RC airplanes, oil painting and he and Dorothy enjoyed many years of being camp hosts at the South Fork of Umatilla River.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy in 2012; his parents; sisters, Dorothy and Ethel; and brother, David.
He is survived by daughter, Donna and husband Tom Verran; daughter, Linda Garcia and significant other, Kim; son, Bruce Garcia; daughter, Debbie and husband David Sunder; seven grandchildren; many great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.
A Graveside service will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday January 9, 2020 at Echo Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of final arrangements.
Family suggest memorial donations be made to the Echo Community Church.
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