Dennis John Esarte passed away on December 10th, 2017 in Goodyear, Arizona surrounded by his family and friends.
Dennis grew up in Tracy, California. He graduated from Tracy High School in 1966 and attended Delta College. He married the “love of his life”, Celia Ortega, in 1969. They ventured to San Francisco where they lived briefly and had their first son, Marty. They returned to Tracy soon thereafter and had their second son, Denny, in 1971. Dennis worked for Pacific, Gas & Electric for 35 years as a Meter Technician in Stockton and Tracy, California. He retired in 2006 and moved to Arizona.
Dennis loved sports and played fast-pitch softball in the 70’s and 80’s. He was a left-handed pitcher known for his exploding rise ball and was never afraid to back someone off the plate. In the late 80’s, he was so thrilled to play with his oldest son, Marty. Dennis loved following the San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants, but his biggest pleasure was spending time with his family and, most of all, with his grandchildren. He loved getting together with family at “Mom and Dad’s” for all the Holidays or just for a Sunday breakfast of fried eggs, chorizo, hash browns and toast. He loved classic westerns and all John Wayne movies. We believe he lived by the classic Duke quote “talk low, talk slow and don’t talk too much”. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Celia Esarte, his son and wife, Marty and Sherri Esarte of Rogers, Arkansas, his son, Denny Esarte of Frisco, Texas and his grandchildren, Hannah, Hayden and Hunter of Frisco, Texas, Matthew and Nicholas of Rogers, Arkansas, and Peggy Rose of Hemet, California, his sister and her husband, Marlene and Jean Cordova of San Francisco, California, his brother, Jim Esarte of Cameron Park, California, and several brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Mary Jane, grandparents, several aunts and uncles, cousin and nephew.
The funeral service will be on Wednesday, December 20th at 11 am at Fry’s Memorial Chapel, 550 S. Central Avenue, Tracy, California. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, December 19th from 1 pm to 7 pm at Fry’s Memorial Chapel. For condolences and special messages to the family, visit www.frymemorialchapel.com