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June 26, 1956 – May 5, 2024

Francisco Castro passed away peacefully in Oakland, California on May 5, 2024, accompanied by his beloved wife. He was born to Henrique Coelho Castro and Vitalina Alves Azevedo in Ribeirinha, Terceira, Azores on June 26, 1956.

Francisco met his wife, Darlene in 1977. They were married in 1978. They had four beautiful children and 10 beautiful grandchildren. Frank lived in Escalon, California for 45 years, and worked in the dairy industry for 35 years. He loved to play soccer, go to the bullfights (where he became a director), and he enjoyed spending time at the casino. He served as the President of CPSC in 1987, and he was a member of the Azores Band of Escalon for 20 years. He loved his goats and livestock and enjoyed making goat cheese. He was a San Francisco Giants and a San Francisco 49ers fan. In conjunction with his love of those teams, he loved his family immensely, and truly enjoyed watching his grandkids play sports. He will be dearly missed.

Francisco is preceded in passing by his loving parents Henrique Coelho Castro, Vitalina Alves Azevedo and his brother Jose Henrique Castro. He is survived by his beloved wife Darlene (Borba) Castro of 45 years and their children Sabrina Silva of Manteca, Tiffany Shinn of Escalon, Frank Castro (Carla Castro) of Escalon, and Derek Castro (Charlotte Castro) of Galt. He also leaves behind his beautiful grandchildren; Haylee Castro, Chloe Silva, Hayden Castro, Dalton Shinn, Colton-Jay Silva, Gavin Castro, Trenten Silva, Gianna Castro, Harlee Castro, and Gabriella Castro. He is also survived by his sister Vitalina Serpa of Visalia, California.

Deegan Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Castro family. A visitation will be held at Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon on May 16, 2024, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Rosary and Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Church on May 17, 2024 starting at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at St. John’s Cemetery. Memorial donations in honor of Francisco Castro can be made to the ALS Association.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

May 15, 2024