Billy Joe was born on February 27th, 1960 to his mother, Mollie, and father, Billy Sr. He was the second born and only son of Mollie’s four children. He was a mischievous, fun-loving, but always protective brother to his sisters, Terry, Sherry, and Tammy. Billy started working as a young teenager and never stopped until he retired. After high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served in the infantry. He was stationed in Adak, Alaska, where he made lifelong friends and had many stories to tell. From there, he was stationed in Twentynine Palms. At the end of his military career, he met the love of his life and a new chapter began.
When crashing a wedding, Billy met a beautiful young woman named Lisa Gonzales and the rest was history. Billy and Lisa were married in Pasadena, California on August 17th, 1985. They lived in Pasadena while Lisa finished college and Billy worked full time. Eventually, they bought a house and moved up to Elk Grove in 1989. Soon after, they welcomed two daughters, Brittany and Danielle. Billy was a hardworking, yet fun dad. He loved to play games, take them on road trips, and sing songs to them. He coached their soccer teams and went to every drill team and cheerleading performance. Much to the girls’ embarrassment, he often told them how proud he was of their accomplishments. Billy made sure those girls had the happiest childhood, taught them both to be responsible, and that they could achieve any goal they set for themselves.
Throughout his life, Billy never knew a stranger. He kept in touch with so many people and was never afraid to call someone out of the blue just to catch up. He was always there to help when anyone needed him. The true happiness of his life was spending time with the people he loved. His kids, siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives all knew that Billy was always ready for a good time. An avid car enthusiast, Billy loved to attend car shows and show off his beloved ‘68 Chevy Camaro. He was a huge sports fan and always kept up with his San Francisco Giants, Oakland Raiders, and Sacramento Kings.
In his later years, Billy finally earned his favorite title yet - Grandpa. He probably would say that he loved being a grandpa even more than he loved being a dad. His first grandchild, Emmett, was born in 2019 with Carson soon after in 2020. Spending time with his grandsons was truly the highlight of his life. His third grandson, Tate, was born just three weeks before Billy’s passing. His first granddaughter is due in May. Billy was over the moon and couldn’t wait to meet her. While his time with his grandchildren was short, his legacy will live on forever in them. Billy will be missed tremendously. He lived his life to the fullest and in his grandson, Emmett’s words, “Grandpa’s happy now.”
Friends are welcome to attend a Memorial Service at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove California. Burial will take place after the service at The Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon California