Teddy Lee McDiffett

Teddy Lee McDiffett

February 20, 1938 ~ January 31, 2021

Teddy McDiffett, 82 of Denair, CA, passed away on January 31, 2021 at Emanuel Medical Center. He was born and raised in Kansas and came to California 55 years ago. Ted worked for Turlock Irrigation District where he fulfilled a 30-year long career. He was a past member of Denair Lions Club, a Cub Scout Leader and enjoyed playing golf, softball, and basketball. Ted was well known by all for his huge smile, friendly wave, and big bear hugs. He never met a stranger and would lend a hand to anyone in need, usually doing cement work, roofing or putting up fences. Ted will be missed by so many.

Ted is survived by his wife of 61 years Edith McDiffett; four children, Chris (late wife Pam) McDifffett of Denair, Debbie (Rick) Nutcher of Denair, Brian McDiffett of Alta Vista, Kansas, and Vonda (Mario) Holguin of Turlock; six granddaughters and eight great grandchildren with one on the way. Ted is preceded in death by his father Paul and mother Christina McDiffett, brothers Stan, Max, Kent and Keith McDiffett, and his sisters Marvene Carlton, Peggy Koepp and Verlene Buchman.

A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 12 to 3 pm at Nutcher Farms located at 5213 W Grayson Rd, Modesto CA.


  • Saundra Johnson February 3, 2021 6:35 pm

    Rest in peace and free of pain Ted. You were the perfect brother-in-law and a great friend. You will truly be missed by everyone that ever had the good fortune of knowing you.
    You were really loved a lot.

  • Saundra Johnson February 3, 2021 6:37 pm

    Rest in peace and free of pain Ted. You were the perfect brother-in-law and a great friend. You will truly be missed by everyone that ever had the good fortune of knowing you.
    You were really loved more than you realized .

  • Joyce McDiffett February 3, 2021 8:47 pm

    Ted,you will be remembered for your nutty sense of humor. You kept me in stitches. You called every woman Hon and got reprimanded at work for sexual harrassment but it was so natural it just slipped out. We did not take offense because it was just you. You and Keith had the best times when you were together. You were two of a kind. I will truly miss you and your great smile.

  • Bart Sargenti February 3, 2021 10:36 pm

    Rest In Peace Ted! I worked with Ted at TID and all there is to say about him is he was one of the “Good Ones”!

  • Cheryl and Fred Zumstein February 3, 2021 11:50 pm

    All true. We will truly miss that wonderful smile and honary sense of humor. Hugs and love to all in his wonderful family.

  • Patrick McDiffett February 4, 2021 12:08 am

    Uncle Ted, Your humor and smile and friendly demeanor will never be forgotten! You truely were the funniest uncle in the world!!! Much love, thoughts and prayers to my Aunt Edith and all my cousin’s at this time…Love you all….R.I.P.

  • Brent Sanders February 4, 2021 12:55 am

    So many great great memories we had together Teddy. Working hard drinking beer and sharing stories. You won’t be forgotten. I still use some of your one liners and get laughs. Miss you buddy!
    Love Brent

  • Henry Jackson February 4, 2021 1:04 am

    I really don’t know where to start He was and is one of the best men I know as a young kid who lived down the road and getting asked to shoot hoops why walking to or from school. Playing softball with him as an adult. Or helping him with a project that was helping others. There was always a teaching moment. Sportsmanship and talks. Hard work giving to others. He is what these young men still need today. In my book Denair lost a Roll model. Rip Teddy Bear and thank you for all the lessons learned. Hammering Hank

  • Bev Smith Jones February 4, 2021 5:07 am

    I have so many wonderful memories of Ted. He will be greatly missed. Jerry was born and raised in Kansas and Jerry and Ted would always talk about living in Kansas.
    My love and prayers are with the entire McDiffeth family.
    Our love to all of you ❤️
    Bev and Jerry Jones

  • Terri Souza February 5, 2021 6:40 pm

    Always a big smile and an even bigger Teddy Bear Hug..
    prayers and love to all his family.. ❤️

  • Kathy & Alan Smith February 7, 2021 2:44 am

    Our deepest sympathy to the McDiffett family. Ted was always a wonderful happy go lucky guy. I don’t think he every had a bad day.
    Edith you and your family are in our prayers.
    Cherish all your wonderful memories.

  • Connie & Albert Dutra February 7, 2021 6:11 pm

    Ted had a heart of gold! He will be missed so much. Our hearts go out to the family. The Dutra family send our condolences. We cherish the memories of an amazing friend. God Bless ❤

  • Rebecca Vieyra February 8, 2021 7:21 pm

    Ted, your smile will surely be missed. You were a great friend to many and a neighbor to the entire community. Your enthusiasm was infectious and I’m saddened by your loss. Rest In Peace my friend! I will miss you dearly and forever grateful for all our laughs together ❣️

  • Missy Lathrop February 8, 2021 8:53 pm

    It was always a treat when Ted come to visit in the summer’s. He was like a celebrity making his rounds talking with everyone, not finding one stranger. Brian’s yard would be full every evening of people just sitting around talking to Ted. I’m glad I got the chance to know him. He was definitely one of a kind.

  • LUPE MARTINEZ February 9, 2021 11:35 pm


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