Joseph Raymond Olivadoti

August 28, 1942 ~ June 15, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old


Our husband, father, and grandfather, Joseph Raymond Olivadoti, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family at home in Gig Harbor, Washington on June 15, 2023. He was born August 28, 1942 in Abilene, Texas to Grace Elizabeth Routh and Joseph Raymond Olivadoti. 

Joe grew up in Southern California where he met Susan Sauers in high school. They seemed to be destined to be together as shortly after dating they spontaneously bought a pot and pan set which Joe kept underneath his bed. It was on sale and they continue to use it to this day. Joe's granny, early on in their courtship sent a wedding card with the remark, "when you decide to take the step." Joe and Susan married on February 22, 1964 in Covina, California. They had three children, Kristine Marie, Joseph Troy and Stephanie Lynn. 

Joe graduated from Citrus College, going on to CalPoly - Pomona where he obtained his engineering degree. He began working for Aerojet in California and eventually accepted a job involving the development of a surface effect ship on U.S. Navy contract. This part of his professional life was fondly remembered and reminisced about as his most enjoyable. He loved all it involved; be it the helicopter rides, scuba diving or watching the ship reach goal speeds while the team watched. Following this Joe transferred to Idaho Falls, Idaho with Aerojet. This move was culture shock for the family. They spent approximately three years in Idaho, returning to Washington at that time. He began consulting for Nuclear Packaging in quality control, running inspections of various sites and writing a quality control manual used by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission among other things. Finally, Joe began working for Boeing, in Research and Development. He was awarded a Technical Principal and mentored many. He has many patents to his name he developed at Boeing and was an engineer's engineer. He loved working on airplanes and loved his coworkers, signing all the emails with "Thanks and love." His schedule was a tough one, leaving for work at 2:30 a.m. four days a week driving from Gig Harbor, Washington to Everett, Washington to avoid traffic for 11 years. Susan was there to kiss him goodbye each morning, and make breakfast and lunch. They loved each other deeply and didn't like being apart. Susan was Joe's "Viking Queen," an ongoing nickname. He loved to joke, make puns, was very artistic and loved music. He also loved cars and worked on a few enhancing their performance and beautifying each one to showroom quality. 

Joe adored his family and all his 10 grandkids. He was a loving grandfather and very generous, going out of his way to help. He was liked by many who met him and developed many friendships in local business as he made an impression on the people he met. He took the time to listen and be kind and that was rewarded by returned kindness. Joe was "Dear Ol' Dad," "Dad," "Gramps," "Grampy-oles," "Her Driver," "Butchie," and "Joe O."

He is survived by his wife Susan, daughter Kristine Mosich (Mark), Troy Olivadoti (Heidi), Stephanie Abel (James); 10 grandchildren, Sophia and Catarina Ratajczak, Hannah, Garrett and Zach Olivadoti, and Emily, Ethan, David, Ava and Andrew Abel and Kyler Mosich; and cousin Joe Mack Routh

He is preceded in death by his mother, Grace Elizabeth DeMonaco, his father Joseph Raymond Olivadoti, his grandmothers, Granny Minnie McDonald and Catherine Occhiuto, his grandpas Jonathan Nunalee Routh and Giuseppe Olivadoti and his grandchild Jessie Mosich.

The family would like to thank all those who supported us through the last four years; his doctors, nurses, laboratory (Dee), caregiver and friend, Shirley Ahlman and Caryn Sears. We would like to thank hospice, especially Keoni, for making the final month more comfortable and showing love, compassion and respect to our dear husband, father and grandpa. This allowed a peaceful time spent with family at home as he left this earth knowing we were by his side. 

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