Joseph Nicholas Ylarrarz ’49 died Dec. 5, 2009 in Castro Valley, Calif. Born in Stockton, Calif., on September 11, 1923, he graduated from Fresno Technical High School and then received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree in 1949 from the University of Santa Clara. He had served proudly in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945 in Europe. Joe was married to Elizabeth Ann Riley Ylarraz for 56 years, until her passing 3 years ago. He was employed for Pacific Gas and Electric for 36 years, retiring in December 1984. He worked as Department Manager of Electric Operations in San Francisco where he was in charge of operation and maintenance of 1000 electric power substations. Joe had memberships in the Registered Professional Electric Engineers, Senior Member Institute of Electronic and Electric Engineers, Edison Electric Institute, Pacific Coast Electrical Association, Engineers Club of San Francisco, and the Electric Club of San Francisco. Joe did the electrical design for the new school for St. Joachim’s parish and spent two years, weekends, and vacation doing the physical installation. He also did volunteer activities which included St. Vincent de Paul Society and Income Tax Consultant for Seniors (AARP). Joe is survived by his two children, Tom Ylarraz of Pinecrest, Calif., and Paula Ylarraz of Rodeo, N.M. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth ""Betty"" Ylarraz, sister Theresa Ylarraz, and parents Nicholas and Felicia Zandueta Ylarraz, both born in Spain. A Memorial Mass was held in December.

08 Nov 2018