On Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, Joseph Michael DiGiallonardo passed away at the age of 57. Joe was born on Nov. 2, 1961, in Denver, Colo.
Joe graduated from Granada High School in 1979, as captain and star linebacker of the Matadors football team. He was an athlete who enjoyed soccer, wrestling and baseball, as well. Once he was featured in the local newspaper for playing catch for over 24 hours with his classmates, coming in just shy of Guinness Book of World Records fame.
He had an effortless green thumb, knew his way around the kitchen, and, regardless of their success, was a lifelong Oakland Raiders fan. While professionally Joe was a career electrician for over 25 years and a proud member of IBEW, in his personal life he was an all-around fix-it man. He was not only creative but skilled in several disciplines, from carpentry and furniture refurbishment to art. Joe had a love of learning and engaging in deep conversations. He also loved fishing and being in the great outdoors.
Joe had a magical way with animals. His pets were always impeccably well trained and even more loved by their owner. More than anything, Joe loved and believed in people, and was always helping others.
Joe was known best for his generous heart, genuine demeanor, and mischievous sense of humor. He is survived by his three children Joseph, Aloura, and Zack, and his one grandchild Damien, who were the light of his life and center of his world. He is also survived by his mother Elizabeth Escamilla and her husband Julian, his siblings Luann Spindler (Frank), Sam DiGiallonardo and Tom DiGiallonardo (Fabricia), and 12 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service and celebration of life were held in early November at St. Elizabeth Seton church chapel in Pleasanton. The family suggests making memorial contributions to Open Heart Kitchen at openheartkitchen.org.