Harry Belletto Obituary, Death – On October 5, 1942, Harry Belletto was born in Modesto, California, to parents Enrico A. and Mary Anna Belletto. He spent his entire life in Modesto. He attended Modesto Junior College, where he was a star football player, Thomas Downey High School, and Stanislaus Union School for his elementary education. Although he was given the opportunity to try out for the Oakland Raiders, he opted to work on the family farm and for his father-in-law, Everett C. Potts, in the tractor restoration industry. He expanded the tractor company, Everett Surplus Sales Company, after Everett’s untimely death. In 1961, he fell in love, and in 1962, he married Carol Jean Potts, the joy of his life.
Their family’s wheel was created and their love tale began. Rick, Steve, and Jeff were their three boys, and Janna was their only daughter. His most significant and valued achievement was his family. Harry and Carol put a lot of effort into raising their kids to be good, sincere people who appreciate family and have trust in God. Every night, at the same table, Harry enjoyed spending time with his family and eating dinner. They were frequently accompanied by extended family members and lifelong friends. The table could always accommodate more people.
Prior to visiting the Stockton 99 Speedway in 1970.
Harry enjoyed hunting, golfing, and riding motorbikes. He became passionate about a new favorite hobby as a result of the sound of the cars and the fuel scent. He entered the event with the 1957 Chevy he had built as his first race vehicle. He competed mainly at Stockton 99 Speedway and occasionally at Altamont Speedway, Madera Speedway, Mesa Marin Speedway, and Anderson Speedway. Having amazing friends and his family by his side, he entertained fans and established new friends over the following 42 years. His sons’ emotions were certain to be touched by his long life and passion for the game. Jeff and Steve. While Rick continued to serve as his crew chief and assist him on a weekly basis, they started their racing careers.
Harry achieved various records and won three championships. Induction into the NASCAR West Coast Hall of Fame in 2020 was his most prestigious racing career accomplishment. He put all of his attention into farming, like his father Rico, after quitting his racing career in 2012. He loved being involved in every facet of almond tree farming. Similar to his career in racing, he was always working to enhance and polish the end result of his trees. Harry was exceedingly meticulous and took great care of his orchards. As his father had done, his son’s favorite pastime in recent years had been to cruise around the orchards and carefully examine each tree. Harry had a profound impact on countless people in several ways. Everyone who knew him, including his family, adored him. He’ll always be missed.
His mother Mary Anna Belletto, father Enrico Belletto, and son Steve Belletto all predeceased Harry. Harry is survived by his wife Carol Belletto, his children Janna and Jeff Belletto, his daughter-in-law Gina Belletto, and his sons Rick (Danette) and Jeff (Shawna) Belletto. Alli Belletto, Ricky Belletto, Jaden Dorrity, Giovanni Belletto, and Gianrico Belletto are his grandchildren. Nicholas (Kalyn) Belletto, Elise (Michael) Sandoval, Jeffrey (Alex) Gonzales, and Alli Belletto are his great-grandchildren. Michael Sandoval, Ava, Luca, and Stevie Belletto are great-grandchildren. Diana Soranno, his sister, is left behind. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
It is an honor for Franklin & Downs to be working with the Belletto family. Services will be conducted at Shelter Cove Community Church, 4242 Coffee Road, Modesto, California, on November 21, 2022. At 10:00 am, a viewing will start, and at 11:00 am, a service. A Celebration of Life luncheon will be held at the Elks Lodge in Modesto, California, following a private burial service at Acacia Memorial Park.