Joe Garcia, 86, a former long-time resident of Albany and now of Keizer, died on September 3 at Halett House in West Salem.
He was born in Tangent to Modesto and Maria (Morales) Garcia. He attended Tangent Elementary and Albany Union High School. While in high school, he participated in band and played football. He graduated in 1949.
He served in the Korean War from 1951-53. Upon returning home, he married Jeannette Barker on May 3, 1953. She proceeded him in death, passing away on March 23, 1992. He worked at Agnew Motors until 1955, when he was hired to work at Nissen Ford. After a brief period of apprenticeship, he become the Parts Manager and held that position until his retirement in December of 1993.
On June 12, 1993 he married Shirley (Klassen) James. They remained in Albany until January of 1995, when they moved to Keizer. He enjoyed car rides, his church family, trips to the coast with family, playing cards, doing yard work and maintained his flowerbeds and garden. He also coached little league baseball and served as Scoutmaster for the Liberty School Cub Scout program. He also enjoyed playing recreational volleyball with several of the men in the neighborhood during the winters. He was a longtime supporter of Oregon State Football and Basketball and was a member of the Albany Beaver Huddle. He also enjoyed following the Seattle Mariners and was a longtime fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, wife Jeannette, sisters Connie and Elvira “Beets”, and a brother, Fred. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two sons, Mike (Linda) and Pat of Albany; his step-children Ron (Cindy), Lauren (Janelle) James, Julie (Darrell) Hooper, Linda (Ron) McEachern, David (Tammi) Hazell; two grandchildren, Erin and Ryan of Albany; numerous step-grandchildren and great grandchildren; his brother Mike (Carol) of Bend, sister in-law Pat (Elliott) Sipe of Albany; and many nieces and nephews.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, National Kidney Foundation of Oregon, Clearlake United Methodist Church, and the Oregon State University Our Beaver Nation.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 11, at Clearlake United Methodist Church on Wheatland Road in Keizer.