Paul L. Dismukes passed away peacefully on January 12, 2016 in Escalon at the age of 88, surrounded by his family. Paul was born on May 8, 1927, in Hess, Oklahoma to George L. and Eula F. Dismukes. He has been a resident of Escalon, CA for 78 years.
More than anything else, Paul loved his family, especially his wife Cecelia, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Paul was a lifelong farmer and grape buyer. He loved working with all the grape growers who became his good friends over the years. He especially enjoyed his time working with everyone at Paul Masson and his days with M&R Packing in Lodi. Paul loved working with the local American Legion Post 263 as an active member where he organized the Veteran’s Memorial Wall. Paul enjoyed playing golf, teaching his children golf, how to drive a tractor in the orchards, farm his ranches and to talk about wine. Among Paul’s many accomplishments, he was most proud of the award given by the San Joaquin Valley Wine Growers Association for his Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Paul leaves behind his wife Cecelia of 66 years; children Patty Dismukes (Patty Hagen) of Sacramento, Paula Rocha of Escalon, Paul V. Dismukes of Escalon, Kathleen Robertson (Kevin) of Escalon; his grandchildren Shawn Rocha (Tia), Kathleen Gonzalez (Jaime), John Lial (Krysten), Emily Dismukes, Vincent Rocha, Matthew Robertson, and Julianne Dismukes, and 12 great-grandchildren along with many other extended family and friends.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents George and Eula, his brothers JD Dismukes, Wayne Dismukes, Leroy Dismukes, Leonard Pereira, his sister Jane Carson, his daughter-in-law Tammy Dismukes and son-in-law Tony Rocha.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Deegan Funeral Chapels. Rosary was held on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 6 p.m. and a Funeral Mass was on Friday, January 15, 2016, at 10 a.m. at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Remembrances in Paul’s name can be made to the Escalon Community Ambulance.
The Escalon (Calif.) Times
Jan. 20, 2016