Julio Baracosa
October 12 1924 - May 12 2016 - Age 91

Julio Baracosa was born October 12, 1924 in St. Helena, California. After his 3rd birthday, his family moved to Fairfield, California, where they lived on a ranch on East Tabor. Julio was one of 11 children, four brothers and seven sisters, his parents Victor and Sophia migrated here from Spain. Julio attended Dover Elementary school and later attended Armijo High School. After two years of high school Julio left school to work for his brother-in-law Willie on a ranch in Vacaville, he also worked at his brother-in-law Manuel's poultry shop. On December 19, 1944, Julio was drafted at age nineteen to the U.S. Army's 19th Infantry Regiment where he served during WW II in the Southern Philippines and was later honorably discharged on July 26, 1946. During his service Julio received many medals to include; Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Bronze Star, Bronze Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the Asian Pacific Campaign Medal. After his service in the Army Julio met and married his wife Primitiva, had four beautiful children; Randy, Steven, Franklin, and Susan. After serving in the Army Julio worked various jobs for several years and then applied for work at Mare Island Naval Ship Yard. Julio's first job at Mare Island was as an apprentice Machinist in shop 36, he then worked as a Planner and Estimator Apprentice for fire control for four years. While working at Mare Island Julio wanted to finish high school so he studied, and successfully completed his GED. His sister Mary assisted him with studying to pass the exam. In October 1979, at age 55 Julio retired from Mare Island. Julio loved the outdoors, he was an avid fisherman, hunter, enjoyed camping and was crafty with wood making.

Julio was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Sophia Baracosa, his wife Primitiva, sons Randy and Steve, brothers Kasmer and Manuel and sisters, Anne, Phyllis, Catherine, Grace and Jenny.

Julio is survived by his brother Dominic and sisters Julia and Mary, his son Franklin and his daughter Susan. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the American Heart Association.

Vacaville, CA (current)
Saint Helena, CA (birthplace)

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