Retired Fire Chief Joseph “Joe” Grubba Jr., died peacefully in his home on Jan. 13, 2021 in Galt, California at the age of 76, after a long battle with cancer.
Joe was born in February of 1944 in Sacramento, CA to Joseph and Julie Grubba Sr. Joe graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1962. He married Irene Grubba, 1969. After moving to Herald, Joe began working at Elk Grove Meat Packing while also working for Herald Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter. Within a short time Joe promoted to Assistant Chief for Herald Fire Department, a position he held for over 43 years, at one point serving as Interim Fire Chief.
The couple welcomed two children into their home Steven and Joanne. His children remember him as a kind, caring and supportive father who encouraged them to pursue their goals.
Joe was accomplished at firefighting and trained many firefighters that worked in the department. He was a generous individual who loved his work. He was an active and dedicated member of the community and was always available to help his neighbor.
Joe is survived by his wife Irene, children Steven Grubba and Joanne Bear, and grandchildren Dustin Bear, Dylan Bear, Athena Bear, great grandchildren Abby Miller, Owen Miler and his sister Sandra Payne.
A celebration is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday,. Jan. 16 at Faith Community Church in Acampo. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Joe's life. Please bring a mask. If you are unable to make the memorial it will be live streamed on the Faith Community Church Facebook Page.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The California Fire Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Condolences can be sent to Ben Salas Funeral Home.