Michael Defonce, Jr.

January 17, 1934 - March 11, 2017

About the Service

Burial in San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Friday, Mar. 24th at 10:30am followed with A Memorial Service at Allen Mortuary at 1:00pm.

Michael Defonce, Jr., a longtime Modesto resident, passed away suddenly Saturday, March 11th in Modesto, CA. He was 83.

Mike was born January 17, 1934 in White Plains, NY to Michael and Rose Defonce, Sr. He was educated in White Plains and at 18, entered the Air Force and was stationed in Colorado. After his discharge, Michael returned to New York and continued his education.

He met his wife Theresa in Turlock and they married in 1982. They shared nearly 35 years of marriage. Mike enjoyed being active. He loved baseball as a player and spectator and played in the senior league for 20 years. He also loved the San Francisco Giants. Mike was very involved in the Senior Olympics and traveled to various locations as an Olympian. He received many medals and awards.

Mike was involved in the community where he lived and was bookkeeper for many years for the local Chamber of Commerce. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He left his imprint on the hearts of his family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

Mike is survived by his wife Theresa, a brother Robert Defonce of FL, daughters Vicki, Debbie, Terri and Cathy; stepchildren Chris Wolfley, Anna Chad, Cindy DeCamera and Teresa Johnson; 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Burial with honors will be held, Friday, 3/24 at 10:30am at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery; 32053 McCabe Rd. Santa Nella, CA. A Memorial service will follow at 1:00pm at Allen Mortuary in Turlock. Theresa will host family and friends at Allen Event Center following the service.

Please leave memories and condolences in the guestbook below.


  1. We loved being with Mike and Theresa at Chris & Cheryl’s home, visiting and laughing together. Mike always had a smile and a jovial laugh. We will miss those times together.

  2. Mike was a 5foot 2inch giant. Blue eyes that were always smiling, a laugh that was real, an all around great guy.
    We all had fun for many years with you as the manager of our senior softball team.
    We will miss you Mike.

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