CARLOS F. ESTACIO, JR. JUN.18, 1926 – OCT. 4, 2010
Carlos F. Estacio, Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 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 December 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 has 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, grand father, great-grand father, 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. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren, with one on the way and 9 great-grandchildren, also with one on the way, as well as his brother Laurindo Estacio (Maria) of New Bedford, Massachusetts, 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.