Jack Lee Joseph was born in Lebanon, Indiana on June 19th, 1944 and passed away, surrounded by family, in Arroyo Grande, CA on December 24th, 2021.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan Joseph; son Jeff and daughter-in-law Kathy Joseph, daughter Jerri and son-in-law Ronnie Kendrick; and son Jason and daughter-in-law Kasey Joseph. Jack leaves behind a legacy of love in his eight grandchildren: Joanna and Kate Kendrick; Kortney, McKenzie and Kendel Joseph; and Jordan, Kennedy, and Nolan Joseph. He was blessed with seven great-grandchildren, whom he adored: Oliver, Elijah, Emilia, Lucia, Mia, Stevie, and Byrdie.
Everyone who knew Jack was aware of his fierce work ethic, commitment to his family, and a lifetime of laboring selflessly to care for them. Jack worked 25+ years for American Fence Co. as well as owned and operated his own fence building company in Bakersfield, CA before moving to the Central Coast. Never a man who could accept the idleness of retirement, Jack spent the last years of his life working almost daily at Hoagies, his son’s popular Pismo Beach restaurant, where he became a fixture for locals who knew him as the grill-man out front, most every morning.
While Jack was seen, by many, as a hard-scrabble relic of a simpler time, who loved old country western music, hated ATM machines, and oftentimes bemoaned the trappings of modern life — to those who were blessed to get to know the man underneath his tough facade, Jack was simply one of the best. A man who was awed by the natural beauty of California’s central coast, would tear up listening to his great-grandchildren giggle, would always help a stranger in need without a second thought, and whose enduring memory reminds us all: They just don’t make ‘em like they used to.
Jack’s absence is profoundly felt, and he will be dearly missed, by all who loved him.
There will be a celebration of life honoring Jack on Saturday, January 15th, 2022 at Hoagies’ San Luis Obispo location: 1234 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA. The event will begin at 12pm.
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