Nicholas C Pavelich
June 2, 2022
Fresno , California – Nicholas C. Pavelich, 83, was born in Fresno, CA on December 27th, 1938, and passed away on June 2, 2022, after a courageous fight with many health issues. He was preceded in death by his parents Jacob Pavelich (Father) and Alida Brulez-Latz (Mother), Nicholas Latz (Stepfather) and three brothers- Julius, August and Oscar.
He is survived by his loving wife, Judy of 61 years, his children Shellee (David), Mark (Kim) and his grandchildren-Andrew (Ren), Jason, Victoria, Catherine and Audrey. Nick has 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who he loved and cherished very dearly. He loved every minute of being a husband, father, friend and loving “papa”.
Nick went to Fresno High for a short time before finding himself at Roosevelt High where he excelled in delinquency, even though it was nothing serious it was just enough to get him sent before a judge at the age of 17. The judge kindly suggested he go into the Navy. After enlisting in the Navy, his journey started in Norman, Oklahoma. For the first time in his life, he learned to use his exceptional brain and achieved many things such as earning degrees in Basic Electronics, Electronics Technician, and Aviation Electronics second class. Nick excelled in learning Morse Code so quickly, they had him teach the class. He quickly became the Radioman for flight “Crew Two” and flew in a P2V aircraft. Later, he was sent to Iwakuni, Japan in 1958. Nick always said the Navy made him into the man he became and quickly suggested the military to any parent that had a delinquent child.
When Nick and his wife Judy met, he instantly swept her off her feet. They married in 1961 and Nick gave Judy two wonderful children who have always been the love and dedication to his life. He was an Indian Guide where he enjoyed listening to Al Simmons tell stories around the campfire, baseball coach, soccer father, and horse show dad.
After the service, Nick bought Bennett Insurance Agency and had a wonderful business. He sold Bennett and started Joshua Homes Construction and developed The Country Place in Clovis. In July of 1977, Nick was involved in a head on crash on his way back from Bass Lake, after spending a month at St Agnes, he was taken home. He celebrated his 39th birthday in a full body cast.
Nick was able to complete the subdivision in Clovis and go onto build three more. He built Joshua Homes in Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona. He returned to Fresno to retire in 1985 and invested in Convalescent Homes with Paul McLean, John Langford and others.
The Pavelich’s traveled to Cabo San Lucas many times to stay with the Brown’s on the El Patron boat. Fishing and boating were always a passion Nick loved. The boating trips to the Delta with the Ashjian’s, Simmon’s, Pardini’s, Norton’s, and others were the best. A two week jaunt from Cabo to the US with Curt and Mona Post in their boat was talked about for years. Traveling continued with many friends to see the world and play golf. The Menchinella trips were a favorite. Golf adventures with friends from San Joaquin at Quail Lodge and Ridge mark were unforgettable.
Nick was a long standing member at Sierra Sport and Racket Club, San Joaquin Golf Course, and a 32nd degree Mason.
Remembrances may be sent to Tehran Shrine for Shriners Children Hospital – Northern California, 5407 E. Olive Avenue, Fresno, CA 93727.
A memorial celebration will be hosted on Wednesday, June 22nd at 12:00 pm at Pardinis, 2257 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno CA 93711.
Published by Fresno Bee on Jun. 12, 2022.
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