Louie Favero

Jul 17, 1921 - Jan 10, 2016


Louie Favero was born July 17, 1921, in Bakersfield, California to Frank Favero and Elisabetta Ziliotto Favero, who had immigrated from Italy. Louie had two older brothers, Gaspare and Valentine. The family moved to Mojave, California, where Louie spent his childhood and teenage years.

Louie was a very good student in his youth; he excelled in academics and graduated high school at the young age of 16.

The Favero’s were a railroad family of modest means, but Frank and Elisabetta recognized young Louie’s potential and after high school sent him off to live with relatives in Santa Barbara to attend the junior college there, which later became UC Santa Barbara. He was young and didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life, so Louie moved back to Mojave for a time and worked as a clerk for the railroad.

When World War II called, Louie joined the Army. He served with the Signal Corps in the European Theater Operations, putting up and maintaining communications lines. The Army sent him to school in England where his interest in engineering was awakened.

After honorably discharging from the Army, Louie went back to college; first at UC .Berkeley, then to Oregon State University (where he received his degree in Civil Engineering, with a 4.0 grade average).

In the late 1940s Louie went to work for the Bureau of Reclamation in Sacramento. There he met the love of his life, Dorothy Cantrell. They were married on December 3, 1950.

Louie is survived by his daughter Sharon Jourden (husband Tom); his son Michael Favero (wife Jocelyn); and daughter Lee Ann Farrow (husband Joe). Louie is also survived by eight grandchildren: Christian, Melanie, Daniel, Amanda, Gregory, Rachel, Jessica, and Aubrey; and nine great-grandchildren: Aniston, Derrick, Drew, Devin, Logan, Vincent, Bella, Justin, and Lucia.

Funeral services will be held at East Lawn Cemetery/Mortuary on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at 10:00 am, 5757 Greenback Lane, Citrus Heights, CA

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary Chapel
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA 95841


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