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John Francis Graulty

February 12, 1955 — July 22, 2022

Rocklin, California

John Francis Graulty

Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and son, John Francis Graulty, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 22, 2022 at the age of 67.

John was born on February 12, 1955 in Manila, Philippines, the fourth child of six born to Josefina Dypiangco and William Joseph Graulty. He attended Ateneo de Manila Grade School (Class of 1968) and Ateneo de Manila High School (Class of 1972), finishing his senior year at International School Manila. At 17 years of age, he traveled across the Pacific on his own to earn his BA in Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles (Class of 1976).

In 1986, John was set up on a blind date with Corazon Valencia Ganal. It was a match made in Heaven and he married the love of his life on March 14, 1987 at St. Martha Catholic Church in La Puente, California, creating a family of three with Corazon and JoEllen Jean Graulty, his daughter from a previous marriage. They grew their family to include two additional children, Kathryn Ann Graulty and William Thomas Graulty, rounding out their family of five.

John started his career as a phone installer for Pacific Bell and remained with the company through its many iterations – Pacific Bell, SBC, and later AT&T. After moving up the ranks for 35 years, John retired from his final position as Associate Director for AT&T in the fall of 2013.

He spent retirement enjoying time with his grandchildren – Samson (born 2015), Rhiannon (born 2016), and Maxwell (born 2019). He took them on trips to his favorite place, Hawaii, and learned how to play children’s songs on the ukulele to entertain them. A generous spirit, John was always ready and willing to give to others. With the support of his wife and lifelong friends, the Blueboys of Ateneo de Manila, he funded and completed two medical missions to Barrio Bacsil in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Additionally, John opened his home to family and friends regularly so everyone always had a place to stay when traveling. His sense of humor, love of a good story, and giving heart added something special to the lives of everyone he encountered.

John’s laughter, love, and generosity will forever be remembered by those that survive him including his wife, Corazon Valencia Graulty (née Ganal), his children, JoEllen Jean Graulty, Kathryn Ann Graulty, and William Thomas Graulty, his sons-in-law, Jacob Duane Parsley and Brian Zelle, his grandchildren, Samson Tafari Tewodros, Rhiannon Elizabeth Zelle, and Maxwell Duane Graulty-Parsley, his mother, Josefina D. Graulty (née Dypianco), and his siblings, Reynard David Graulty, Jeannette Marie Oostlander (née Graulty), and Thomas Richard Graulty.

He is preceded by his father, William Joseph Graulty, and his brothers, James Edward Graulty and Robert Joseph Graulty.

John’s ashes will be interred at Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

SERVICE INFORMATION

We have arranged the following services and welcome friends and family, old and new, to attend and celebrate him.

Visitation & Viewing: Thursday, August 4, 2022 - 3:00-6:00pm, Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel, 6920 Destiny Dr., Rocklin, CA 95677

Funeral Mass: Friday, August 5, 2022 - 10:30am St. Clare Catholic Church, 1950 Junction Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747

A Celebration of Life will immediately follow the funeral mass at Morris Hall on the St. Clare campus.

We ask that attendants wear Hawaiian print attire to the Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life, if possible. John had a special place in his heart for Hawaii and always made clear that he wanted a party in his honor after his passing. He will be interred at Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe, HI.

In lieu of flowers, our family asks that you honor John's life and generous spirit by contributing to a medical mission to Barrio Bacsil in his name. We appreciate your support. https://gofund.me/4b6a07fe

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Past Services

Visitation and Viewing

Thursday, August 4, 2022

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Pacific time)

Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel

6920 Destiny Dr,, Rocklin, CA 95677

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Funeral Mass

Friday, August 5, 2022

10:30 - 11:00 am (Pacific time)

A Celebration of Life will immediately follow the funeral mass at Morris Hall on the St. Clare campus.
Please wear Hawaiian print attire.
In lieu of flowers, please honor John's life by donating to a medical mission to Barrio Bacsil in his name: https://gofund.me/4b6a07fe.

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

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