Johnnie Collado, Jr. a lifelong resident and orchard farmer of Winters died July 26, 2007 at the age of 85. After victory in World War II and completion of his military responsibilities, Mr. Collado returned to the Winters area to farm in the McMahan Tract District of rural Winters until his retirement at age 80.
Mr. Collados most cherished love in his life was his wife of 60 years, Mary. He and Mary shared an unwavering, inseparable love and devotion to each other in working their farm and raising their family. In addition to Mary, his family was his most important lifes work. All viewed him as a true friend and someone to assist in a time of need.
He was very proud of his country and loved what it stood for. During WWII, Mr. Collado served as a medical corpsman in the European African and Middle Eastern Theaters.
In his earlier years of farming he served as the first District Representative for the California Apricot Producers Association in the Winters area. He was also a District Director for Sunsweet Growers Cooperative. He strived for improvement changes and promoted active participation.
As his children grew, Mr. Collado also served on the Board of the Wolfskill School District which was later unified with Winters Unified Schools.
Mr. Collado was preceded in death by his parents John and Manuela (Carbahal) Collado, who were amongst the earliest Spanish immigrants to the Winters area at the turn of the 1900s.
In addition to his wife Mary, he is survived by his children Patty Collado-Parks and her husband, Rob, of Eugene, Oregon and John Collado and his wife, Kathy of Houston, Texas. Mr. Collado known as Pops to his grandchildren and a prankster amongst them leaves Chris and Danielle Parks of Eugene and J.D. and Tim Collado of Houston.
He also leaves a sister, Dee Salido of Sacramento. Preceding him in death were sisters, Mary McKissick of Sacramento, Carmen Dutra and Mildred Robben of Dixon and brother, Domingo Collado of Winters. He loved his nieces and nephews and their children and they, too, were a very important part of his extended family.
His religion was very important to him and his life will be celebrated in Visitation at St. Anthonys Catholic Church in Winters on Monday, July 30, 2007 at 6:00 PM followed by a Rosary Service at 7:00 PM. His funeral service will be held at the direction of Wiscombes of Davis at St. Anthonys on Tuesday, July 31, at 11:00 AM followed by internment at the Winters Cemetery. A reception in his honor will take place at St. Anthonys Catholic Church Community Center after the services.
Officiating as pallbearers are his nephews, Gene Robben, Robbie Robben and Rick Bello of Dixon, John Salido of Sacramento, Andy Martinez of Santa Rosa; son in law, Rob Parks and grandsons, Chris Parks and Tim Collado. Readers at his services will be grandchildren, Danielle Parks and J.D. Collado
The family requests that anyone wishing to make a charitable contribution can make them to the St. Anthonys Catholic Church Building Fund in memory of Johnnie Collado, Jr., 511 Main Street, Winters, California 95694.