Retired Fire Chief Joseph “Joe” Grubba Jr., 76, died peacefully in his home on Jan. 13, 2021 in Galt after a long battle with cancer.
Joe was born in February 1944 in Sacramento to Joseph and Julie Grubba Sr. Joe graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1962. He married Irene Grubba in 1969. After moving to Herald, Joe began working at Elk Gove 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 Grubba; children Steven Grubba and Joanne Bear; grandchildren Dustin Bear, Dylan Bear, Athena Bear; great grandchildren Abby Miller and Owen Miller; and sister Sandra Payne.
A celebration was held Saturday, Jan. 16 at Faith Community Church in Acampo.
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.