Dr. Joseph L. Izzo MD, 77 years of age, lived in Oakdale, California. For years he dealt with intense pain on a daily basis. After significant challenges with his health he could no longer fight the battle and succumbed to the arduous struggle. On August 20, 2018, for the first time in years, he had no pain and passed peacefully at 11:03 a.m. with his Wife, Son and two grandchildren by his side. Dr. Izzo was born and raised in Philadelphia PA. He attended La Salle College and Hahnamann Medical School and became a neurosurgeon. He came to San Diego, California courtesy of the US Navy. He was offered a partnership with doctors Baiz and Pitlyk in Burlingame, CA where he practiced for 22 years. Doc was forced to retire from surgery as a result of an accident. He did recover, but since then, he could no longer perform surgery and became a worker’s comp consultant. A practice he continued until 2016.
Doc and his wife, Patricia, moved to Oakdale, CA in 2003 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Doctor Izzo’s legacy continues through his wife, Patricia, of 52 years; just missing 53 years by one week! Doc and Pat have two children: Son, Joe; and daughter, Jacqui; eight grandchildren, Jacob DeOliveira and his wife Judith, Jason DeOliveira, Anna, Clayton, Rowan, Levi, and Kenan Izzo.
Joseph was active in the Lions Club, the Oakdale Dinner Club, and the Oakdale Quarterback Club, and was proud to be one of the doctors for the football team.
Joe was a great man of dedication and focus. He loved people, parties, and laughter. His life touched so many through his work as a surgeon by saving lives all over the world; and his marriage, through the example he and Pat set and a welcoming spirit that reached out to anyone and everyone. Every day he touched someone with his hand or smile and made a positive impact on their life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Community Hospice or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Memorial Services: Mass will begin 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oakdale. After the service, a Celebration of his life will take place at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
Aug. 29, 2018