David George Angelo

David George Angelo

April 23, 1937 – August 25, 2020

David George Angelo passed away at the age of 83 in Turlock, CA.  He was born on April 23, 1937 in Turlock, CA to Manuel “Pops” and Marie Mello Angelo.

David met his “Forever Sweetheart” at Hilmar High School where he played sports and she was one of the first song leaders. He often said “she was the best thing that ever happened to me “and his kids often reminded him that he was right. David and Jo Ann (Beaty) Angelo were married over 63 years, and raised four children.  Their song was “May I have this dance for the rest of my life”.

David was employed as a herdsman and foreman at Inderbitzen Dairy in Modesto for over 25 years. He then worked for Gallo in different roles until his retirement in 1997.

His passion, besides his family, was supporting those who needed help. First with Shiloh School and Shiloh Paradise Baseball for youth. His biggest endeavor was when he and JoAnn teamed up with Sister Madeline Hanot and a group of parents to cofound the “Hanot Foundation” in 1973. The goal was to build a series of homes to make sure those with special needs had a place to be cared for when their parents could no longer provide care.

The Modesto Bee January 26, 1997 dubbed him the “Wonder Funder” in their unsung hero series. He and Jo Ann would travel around to the local festivals including the Apricot Fiesta, the Peach Festival and the 4th of July in Modesto with their “hat booth” raising money, one quarter at a time. He and his family conducted many fundraising projects including huge secondhand sales, pancake breakfasts, bowling tournaments and auctions.  All proceeds went to the Hanot Foundation. When the homes were built in Lockeford there was a wing named after the “David Angelo Family” in recognition of their efforts. He was recognized as the Civitan Citizen of the Year 1979-1980 for outstanding and dedicated service, and was a finalist in the McClatchy Volunteer of the year.

David enjoyed camping and fishing at Kennedy Meadows. He loved sports and instilled a love of the 49ers and San Francisco Giants in all of his family. He would even play the Giants game on the speakers in the barn as the cows were being milked.  He bowled several years and was a 4-H leader. He loved boxing and visits to the slot machines at Harrah’s.

He spent countless hours on his “Phone Tree” reaching out to a long list of family, friends, and old classmates to check on their well-being or to wish them happy holidays.

He was a devout Catholic who attended mass at St. Stanislaus and then St. Jude in Ceres, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Ceres Council 13104. When his health no longer allowed travel, he watched mass and the rosary on TV every day.

His last two years were spent at Turlock Nursing and Rehab Center. The family appreciates their care and kindness during these difficult times.

David is survived by his wife Jo Ann; his children: Darann Plaza (Tim) Patterson, Darin Angelo (Marley), and Dalinda Cagle (Jeff) Ceres; four grandchildren: David “Aaron” Plaza (Monica), Matthew Plaza (Jackie), Nicholas Plaza (Nahomi), and Vanessa Cagle Pimentel (Beau); five great grandchildren; two brothers: Walter Angelo of Hayward and Danny Angelo of Turlock and many nieces and nephews who he loved and harassed. He was preceded in death by his son David Lonzo “Lonnie” Angelo.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that if anyone would care to send support to the Foundation in his memory that he spent much of his life and energy to achieve:  Hanot Foundation Endowment, P.O Box 950, Lockeford, Ca 95237.

Wish we could all get together, but services will be private.  After 2020, we would like to have a Celebration of Life.  In the meantime, please sign the memory page. We will read and treasure each of you.



  • Diana Ferreira August 30, 2020 6:17 pm

    We will always remember David’s phone calls to wish us Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and any other Holidays or birthdays he could remember…….May the Comfort of family and friends give you strength for today and the days to come. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you Joanne and your family, Warm hugs, LLoyd and Diana Ferreira

  • Nicholas Curtin August 31, 2020 1:49 am

    JoAnn and family,
    More than any one of the hundred of supporter of Sister Madeleine’s dream, David took that dream and made it a reality. David always spoke the truth… even when you did not want to hear it. By the simple fact that he let me into his life and support me in all that I attempted to do, he had a great influence on me and my family. Pam, the girls and I mourn your loss and celebrate the great person that David was. much love, Nick, Pam, Christa and Mary

  • Parveen August 31, 2020 1:59 am

    Hello JoAnn
    This is Parveen; I was his CNA at TNRC long back. I hope you recall; I am very upset on hearing of David’s passing. He was a blessing
    May his soul Rest In Peace
    I wish you and the whole family comfort during these difficult times
    If you need anything I’m here for you all

  • Beatrice Silva August 31, 2020 4:14 pm

    Joann & family, Our families have many memories that I treasure. My sincere sympathy and love to all. Beatrice

  • John and Maureen Wray August 31, 2020 9:17 pm

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Dave for many years. We met when his son Darin was in my class at Kennedy.
    I knew Dave as a supportive parent that worked to provide the best for his son.
    Later I learned of his work for Hanot Foundation and other pro-jects in the community that sought to improve the lives of the disabled community. Dave was the most committed advocate for this community that I have ever met. He was able to keep going until the job wasw done and still find time to enjoy time with his family.
    Dave never sought credit for his contributions and always praised others for their work. He was a man of great faith and always saw the best in people. He never had a negative word to say about anyone.
    He should serve as an example of everything good in community service and will be impossible to replace.
    Rest in peace, Dave.
    John and Maureen Wray

  • Belle & Verne LaCross September 1, 2020 1:28 am

    Our sincere condolence to Joan and the family. May David Rest in Peace. Our Grandmothers were sisters.
    Belle LaCross, Riverbank, CA

  • Loretta Soares and family September 1, 2020 5:48 pm

    Joann and family, you are in our hearts and prayers. God bless you and your family during this hard time.

  • Nancy Barth Williams September 1, 2020 11:53 pm

    Jo Ann and the Angelo family,
    It’s been quite some time that we’ve seen each other, but I had the pleasure of speaking with Jo Ann and David a couple of years ago on the phone and it was like old times. My childhood memories would not be complete without your loving family. We celebrated many holidays together and although I was young, I will never forget David’s smile and great sense of humor. Condolences to all.

  • Sally, September 4, 2020 4:37 pm

    JoAnn, we have known you guys for over 45 years, back when we went to St. Stanislaus Parish. Years later we began going to St. Jude’s and for years sat next to you,David and Darren. Our parents passed away in a tragic car accident and you guys were there for us making sure we were doing alright. David was a wonderful and kind man and a very devout Catholic when he could no longer go to mass he would watch it on EWTN and prayed the rosary (many rosaries) we will miss him dearly. May he rest in peace.
    Sally,Aida and Miriam

  • Cliff & Kay Horton September 4, 2020 10:23 pm

    We learned today of David’s passing. With heavy hearts we send our love to Joann and family. What a man! We loved him and admired his life….a life of service & love for others….a life loved by a devoted wife and children, family and friends. We are sad and yet know that he is in the arms of the Lord, with others he loves and knowing he will be remembered with love and gratefulness to have called him Family. Love you, Cliff & Kay Horton

  • Joan Rice September 6, 2020 12:54 am

    JoAnn and family we have great memories of u and David he always made us fell welcome remembering you all in prayers we have one more that will meet us at the gate of heaven love u Garg and Joan Rice

  • joan m rice September 6, 2020 12:56 am

    JoAnn and family we have great memories of u and David he always made us fell welcome remembering you all in prayers we have one more that will meet us at the gate of heaven love u Garg and Joan Rice

  • John Mendes & Daniel & Jaime Mendes September 7, 2020 5:30 pm

    Are Condolence to Joanne and family. May Dave rest in Peace.

  • Janice Pimentel September 12, 2020 7:58 pm

    With my Sincere Sympathy in the loss of your dear David. May gods peace and blessings be with you and your family. I know he will be greatly missed.

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