Carlos F. Estacio, Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct. 4, 2010, at the age of 84. He passed away peacefully at his home after a short illness, surrounded by his family.
Carlos was born in Ponta Delgado, Flores, Azores on June 18, 1926 to Carlos Francisco Estacio and Maria Medeiros Estacio. He was the sixth of nine children.
On Dec. 15, 1945, he married his sweetheart Maria Feno. Their love began when they were teenagers and the two were inseparable ever since. They were married for over 64 years.
In 1956, Carlos immigrated to the United States with his wife and four children. His family later grew with the birth of five more children. Carlos worked extremely hard milking cows for others until he saved enough money to buy his own land and start his own dairy. In 1962, Carlos’s dream came true when he purchased his own dairy with 15 Holstein cows. His dairy prospered and expanded ever since.
Carlos loved working on his dairy and spending time with his large family. God was always foremost in his life and he was very active in Sacred Heart Church and Our Lady of Fatima Society. He was also a director of the Turlock Pentecost Association and a member of S.E.S., YMI, Cabrillo Club, U.P.E.C., and Our Lady of Miracles, Gustine. Carlos was always happy to donate to all the Portuguese organizations in the state. He will be remembered as a gentle, loving, and generous husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.
Besides his beloved wife, Maria F. Estacio, Carlos is survived by his children, Mary Swanson (Don), Celeste Drumonde (Manuel), John Estacio (Angela), Carlos Estacio III (Bernadette), Julie Teran (Gerald), Jimmy Estacio (Lori), Bobby Estacio (Belina), Tony Estacio (Gabriela) and daughter-in-law Mary Estacio, all of Turlock; 25 grandchildren, with one on the way; nine great grandchildren, also with one on the way; brother, Laurindo Estacio (Maria) of New Bedford, Mass.; sister-in-law, Maria Estacio of Turlock; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Joe F. Estacio; an infant son, John; and his siblings, Luis Estacio, Maria Pontes, Herminia Estacio Dias, Joe Estacio, Josephina Francisco Freitas, Antonio Estacio, and Alvaro Estacio.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd. in Turlock. Recitation of the Rosary will follow the visitation at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1200 Lyons Ave., Turlock.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, also at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Entombment will follow at the Sunset Mausoleum at Turlock Memorial Park.
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