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Joseph John Lichtie, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2019, at the Draper Rehabilitation Center. He was 81 years old.
Born on July 4, 1937 to Marie and Raymond Lichtie in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He later married the love of his life, Donna Jean Mashak on May 7, 1957, in La Crosse, Wisconsin in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. They were married for 54 wonderful years.
Grandpa Joe as he was affectionately called spent his life doing what he loved. He viewed himself as a humble carpenter that wanted to follow the Lord’s example. Not only did he build two successful companies, but he also gave back by donating to his local Catholic Parish and was always willing to lend a helping hand.
He was brought to Utah through his work, but never forgot his hometown. He spoke fondly of La Crosse, Wisconsin where he was raised with his eight siblings. He attended school through the 8th grade when he was needed to work on the family farm. He also suffered from Polio at a young age and it was a combination of these events that built his strong work ethic and desire to always do more.
Joe and his loving wife Donna raised four kids in the Salt Lake Valley that have all grown to be successful in their own right. After having worked for the majority of his life he spent his final years surrounded by friends in both St. George and The Wentworth in Draper. He enjoyed sharing stories, playing cards and a can of Coke.
Joe is survived by his sister, Mary Lichtie of Madison, Wisconsin, four children; Michael (Robyn), Dawn (Brad) Stevens, Rick (Jill), Cindy (Bruce) Millett. Nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife, Donna Jean Lichtie.
A private service will be held on Wednesday, June 19th at 12:00 PM at Cannon Mortuary located at 2460 Bengal Blvd, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121.