Constituents Deceased list

Anthony Joseph Sota J.D. ’49 was born in San Jose on April 19, 1924, to Antone Joseph Peters Sota and Mary (née Machado). His family was very active in parish of Five Wounds Portuguese National Church and the Portuguese Hall. When Anthony’s father unexpectedly passed away, he and is brothers stepped in to to help pay for his family’s expenses by working a number of jobs. His favorite job was that of a golf caddie at the San Jose Golf and Country club along with his two brothers. He had the great privilege of being the caddie for a number of golf pro celebrities, like Ben Hogan and Sam Snead, which sparked his deep love for the game of golf. His first of many wins was at the annual caddie event at the country club at the age of 14 and was crowned King of the Caddies. He went on to play golf for the San Jose High School Bulldogs and was the team captain. In 1941 the Bulldog golf team won the PAL Championship with Anthony as team captain shooting an 86. Anthony continued to play golf for the military and during his college years at Oxnard and SCU. He was a scratch golfer the majority of his life and was still playing a winning game at 90 years old! During his high school years Anthony wrestled and played baseball. He never forgot his love of those sports and continued to follow them all right up to his passing. During WWII in 1942 Anthony enlisted into the Marine Corp and attended Occidental College and Quantico and graduated from Platoon Commanders school as a second lieutenant. At the end of the war he went into the reserves and later was called to active duty in 1950 as a first lieutenant, serving in Korea as part of Dog Company Second Battalion. He was wounded in action the latter part of 1950 and received his Purple Heart. After law school he went to work for the city as a clerk until he was recruited in 1953 by San Jose Abstract Title Company in Los Altos, where he became the youngest branch manager in the history of the company. He was later lured away by First American Title Company as an Escrow officer; in 1977 he became a company VP. Anthony’s career as a title and escrow officer handling multimillion-dollar property exchanges continued until he retired at age 59. He was married to his longtime sweetheart, Evelyn Stevens Sota, for 53 years until her passing from breast cancer at 73 years old. He had three beautiful daughters whom he raised in Campbell. He moved to Hollister to be near his family to help care for Evelyn during her illness. Anthony had a very strong belief in God and devotion to the Catholic Church throughout his life, he supported that faith through good works for the Church and tirelessly fundraising to help build St. Martins Church in San Jose, St. Lucy’s in Campbell and finally St. Benedict’s Church in Hollister. He and his second wife, Alma, spent hours and hours serving the Hollister community by working every week at the local community pantry, giving out food to the needy and continued doing so into their late 80s. They were a very active couple who traveled and loved to be part of everything. Despite having spine surgery at 78 and a year later open-heart surgery at 79, Anthony lived a strong life until passing away peacefully from end stage heart failure at 94 years old. He lived a very long, full, and rich life, and he will be forever remembered as the strong vital man he was right up to the end of his life. Anthony Sota was survived by three daughters, June Huie, Laurette Chandler, and Anntoinette Fuentes; three sons-in-law, Ben Huie, Gregg Chandler, and Ron Fuentes; four grandchildren, Jolene Burt, Eric Chandler, Anthony Huie, and Alexandra Fuentes; eight great-grandchildren, Nathan, Kenneth, Andrew, Sammantha, Elizabeth, Parker, Elle, and Emerson. He is also survived by three of his siblings, Gloria McCarroll, Irene Machado, and William Sota, and a large number of nieces and nephews.

23 May 2019