It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Del Peixoto who passed away on August 20, 2020, in the loving presence of his wife Shirley and daughter Julie.
Born in Niles, California, Del was proud to be a 5th generation Californian and a 60 year member of th Native Sons of California. He was also very proud of his Portuguese Heritage and a longtime member of the Portuguese Fraternal Society of America, his ancestors immigrating from Pico in the Azores. Del started very young learning hard work and the family trade from his father in the Irvington Meat Market in Fremont, California, eventually taking the business over from his father, interrupted only by his service in the US Army. After his honorable discharge, he continued operating the market for many years. Later Del and Shirley moved to Willow Creek, California for a more simple life. Del worked and operated the Willow Creek Meat Market and also worked part time at Bob’s Market.
In 1989, Del and Shirly fell in love with Brookings and the Oregon Coast, living for fifteen years at Rainbow Rock Condos and then at their Brooke Lane home. Until his retirement, Del worked in several local markets-Harbor Meats. Ray’s, and in his last years before retirement, at the then newly opened Fred Meyer’s.
After retiring, Del spent some time fishing, traveling, and working in his yard. He also spent time with his “Baby” a beautiful 1930 Model A coupe he had purchased from a close friend when Del was just s senior in high school. For many years, he was an active member of the Curry County Cruisers, taking loving care with his restoration work and cherishing her through the many years of ownership and numerous car shows.
Del was also a volunteer at Star of the Sea Catholic Church. He adored his church community, especially Deacon Leo, Jaime and Maria Silva. Del Hodges #2, and Mary and Frank Dias.
Del Peixoto was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Evelyn Peixoto: his twin brother, Merle: older brother, Marvin: and grandson, Jayce Marmon. He is survived by his devoted wife of 45 years, Shirley: daughters Julie, JoAnn (John), Yvonne, and Teresa ( Dave): son Michael: sister-in-laws Jean Peixoto, Myrna Reynolds, Roberta Tidwell: 3 nephews: 10 grandchildren: and 15 great-grandchildren.
This was a kind, generous, and thoughtful man who cared very deeply for his God, his church community, his friends, his neighbors, and his beloved family. He will be missed by all who knew him for his many acts of kindness. He will be missed for his sense of humor and for his jokes, told over and over. Del will be greatly missed. He was deeply loved.
The family will hold a private service at a later date.