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John M. "Mitch" Lasgoity passed away on June 26, 2019 sur­rounded by fam­ily. Mitch was born on April 11, 1930 in Madera to Jean Lasgoity and Jen­nie Ospi­tal Lasgoity and has made his home there ever since. Mitch was raised on the fam­ily 40 acre ranch south of the town of Madera with his par­ents, ma­ter­nal grand­mother and two bach­e­lor un­cles who spoke to him in Basque. Thus, he grew up bi-lin­gual with two mother-tongues. Un­der the tute­lage of his par­ents and un­cles, Mitch learned and never lost his love for farm­ing and an­i­mal hus­bandry.

Mitch at­tended Al­pha School, Madera High School and Santa Clara Uni­ver­sity from which he grad­u­ated with a de­gree in busi­ness in 1952. Upon grad­u­a­tion, he be­came part­ners with his father in their sheep busi­ness and took over the farm­ing of their 40 acres. Even­tu­ally, Mitch bought the sheep from his father and be­came self­em­ployed at the age of 27. He mar­ried Rosemary Mas­trofini in 1957 and to­gether they ex­panded their farm­ing in­ter­ests, grew their sheep busi­ness and be­gan to run cat­tle in Madera County. Through his com­mit­ment to work, his in­tel­li­gence and cu­rios­ity, Mitch de­vel­oped and en­joyed many close re­la­tion­ships and had many friends.

Mitch was a mem­ber of St. Joachim's Catholic Church, Knight's of Colum­bus, Ro­tary, Fresno Basque Club and Rancheros Visi­ta­dores. He served as Camp Cap­tain of Campo Seco and as a Board Di­rec­tor for Rancheros Visi­ta­dores. Mitch was hon­ored as Madera County Cat­tle­man of the Year in 2006 and Se­nior Farmer of the Year in 2017.

Mitch was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Jean and Jen­nie Lasgoity.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 61 years, Rosemary and his chil­dren, daugh­ter Michele Lasgoity and hus­band, Mark Peters, daugh­ter Mon­ica Lasgoity and hus­band, Jeff LeFors, son John E. Lasgoity and wife, Alyson, and son, James Lasgoity. He is also sur­vived by his grand­chil­dren, Chris­tine and Eric Peters, Ju­lia, Claire, Paul and Elise Lasgoity and brother-in-law and sis­ter-in-law, Roger and Lau­rel Mas­trofini Belden.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be on Thurs­day, July 4, 2019 from 4 PM to 6 PM at Jay Chapel with Recita­tion of the Rosary fol­low­ing at 6 PM. Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be cel­e­brated on Fri­day, July 5, 2019 at 11 AM at St. Joachim Catholic Church, in­ter­ment will fol­low at Cal­vary Ceme­tery.

Do­na­tions in Mitch's mem­ory may be made to St. Joachim's School, San Joaquin Me­mo­rial High School or the donor's fa­vorite char­ity. To share con­do­lences and sign the guest book, please visit www.jay­ JAY CHAPEL

1121 Roberts Av­enue Madera, Cal­i­for­nia (559)674-8814

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