Obituary for John Jacob DeWit
John DeWit, 88, of Galt died suddenly on Friday, August 18, 2017, while resting in his favorite chair at home. John was born in Achthuizen, the Netherlands to Leonardes and Maria DeWit. He was raised on the family farm with his eight brothers, graduated from agricultural school and served in the Dutch military in Indonesia. He married the love of his life, Jackie, on June 5, 1952. After their beautiful storybook wedding, they immigrated to North Dakota, for their early years, eventually moving to California in 1959. In 1963, at 35 years old, they decided to run their first dairy with his wife’s siblings in the Elk Grove area. In 1967, they moved to Thornton to run a dairy with his brother. In 1970, they settled in the Acampo, owning and operating a very successful dairy. He was actively involved and served on various boards representing dairy associations, locally and statewide. After he retired, they moved to a country home with a park like setting in Galt. Even after retiring, he would still visit the dairy, now owned by his son, Brad, a couple times a week. John and Jackie were happily married for 59 1/2 years and raised 6 children before Jackie passed away in December 26, 2011. John loved being a dairy farmer, loved the outdoors, traveling in the United States, which included many state and national parks, and abroad , visiting their homeland and many countries with Ireland being one of their favorites with Jackie, walking the trails at Consumes River Preserve with his children. He shared his love for growing flowers, especially roses, with his wife. John was a faithful parishioner at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church for over 30 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, barbecues, working on projects, drives, and being a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
He is survived by his six children, Marcia of Galt, Bernice of Granite Bay, Bradley(Shelley) of Acampo, Nancy(Gabor) of Galt, Patricia of Galt, and Janel (Jaime) of Galt, six brothers in the Netherlands, sixteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Maryknoll Sisters, PO Box 317, Maryknoll, NY 10545. www.maryknollsisters.org