Friends and family of Joseph Mariotti are mourning the longtime Pinole resident who died Saturday, Oct. 5 at the age of 82. He was born in Pennsylvania, attended Westminster College, and served in the U.S. Army in the mid-1950s.
“Dr. Joe,” as he was known to friends and family, lived in Pinole 44 years. He founded the Pinole Historical Society, and was a member of numerous environmental groups. For more than three decades he volunteered as the team physician for the Pinole Valley High School football team, according to Legacy.com.
An avid traveller and humanitarian, Joe founded Pinole-Sudan Relief Organization, volunteered at refugee camps in Ethiopia in 1985, and offered orthopedic care in Bhutan in 1993. He is survived by his children, Cari Galloway and Paul Mariotti of Pinole, Eric Mariotti of Martinez and Melinda Mariotti of London.There will be a celebration of “Dr. Joe’s” life on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at 100 Tennent Ave. in Pinole. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to Pinole Historical Society, P.O. Box 285, Pinole, CA 94564, or the Pinole Garden Club, P.O. Box 25, Pinole CA 94564.