Tony Joseph White
May 23, 1928 - July 12, 2018
Tony Joseph White passed away July 12, 2018 at his residence in Talent Oregon. He was born May 23, 1928 in San Jose, California.
Mr. White was the founder and operator of White’s Dairy in Talent, Ore. from 1960 through 1990. He was often the recipient of Dairy Gold Products Quality Producer Awards. He took great pride in the cleanliness of his equipment, quality of his milk, and in the care of the cows that produced it.
Mr. White was the founder of the Saint Anthony Fiesta in 1984 in Talent, Ore. The annual celebration continues to this day, and is a 700-year-old tradition of the Portuguese people from the time of Saint Isabel of Portugal.
Mr. and Mrs. White were members of Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church from 1958 through 2014, and Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church in Central Point from 2014 to the present. His hobbies included playing table games and making table game boards, interacting with friends and family, winemaking, and in past years, slot tournaments. Mr. White had been completely blind since 1962.
Tony Joseph White was raised on a ranch and dairy farm in Hopeton, Calif. He was the eldest of seven children and a leader among his siblings. He was always extremely industrious and hard-working. Injured while riding a horse moving cattle on the family dairy at about 14 years of age, he gradually lost his vision, eventually becoming totally blind at about age 34.
In 1949 he met Beverly Farrel in Ashland. They were married in 1950 and settled to Hopeton, Calif. where he continued working for his father. Tony and Beverly moved to Ashland in 1959; in 1960 the family (now with six children) bought a parcel of land on Colver Road in Talent and started White’s dairy. They soon began producing Grade A raw milk and sold directly to local stores and from the dairy itself. The White home was always open to friends and the community. Tony had a keen sense of humor, was witty, a teaser and loved people. After Beverly passed away Tony eventually remarried. Marcella and Tony continued to live on Colver Road until 2000, eventually selling the parcel and moving into a home in Talent.
Mr. White was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Mary White, immigrants from Portugal; a brother, Joey White; an infant sister who passed shortly after birth; his first wife Beverly, and mother of his children passed in 1990; and two grandchildren, Anthony White and Rebecca Lynn White. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Marcella; his children, Tony White Jr., Ed White (Sherry), Joe White (Pam), Debra Pierce (Ray), Rick White (Monica), and Bob White (Pam); and step-children, Jack Huber (Theresa) and Jen Brazil (Joey). Additionally, he leaves 31 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Additionally, his siblings, Mary Faria, Annie Leonardo, Dolores White (Bob), Frank White (Delfina), John White (Ann), and Bernice Avila.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. White’s memory may be honored through a donation to the Saint Anthony Fiesta, PO Box 5029, Central Point, Ore., 97502 (charitable organization) or Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church. A Rosary will be said at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home in Ashland, Ore., Monday, July 24, at 7:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be officiated by Father Bonilla at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. July 24, 2018. Reception to follow. Rite of Christian Burial will be conducted by Father Bonilla at Scenic Hills Cemetery in Ashland, Ore. at 1:30 p.m.