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242 Orange Street
ABILENE, TX 79601
Phone: 325-677-6246
Fax: 325-677-7321
Joseph DiJulio

Joseph George DiJulio

Sunday, July 6th, 1947 - Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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On June 22, 2020 Joseph George DiJulio, “George,” passed away at his home. George will be dearly missed by many family and friends all over the country.
George was born in Upper Darby, PA in the summer of 1947 to Alterisio, “Al,” and Charlotte DiJulio. The family moved to Texas for Al to pursue his dream of engineering and creating golf clubs for The Ben Hogan Company. This is where George’s passion for the game of golf began. After high school George played golf at North Texas before moving to Colorado to explore the state with his brother, Charlie DiJulio. In Colorado, George fell in love with breaking, training, and riding horses over the continental divide with his best friends who became life long brothers. Playing music with his brother and friends at “The Dome” were cherished moments that he shared with people the rest of his life. George eventually came down from the mountains to pursue his golf career and start a family. He spent 40 years in the PGA spanning half dozen golf courses before ending his career at Lake Sweetwater Municipal Golf Course. This is where he met his very special wife, Rosa, who was with him until the end. George DiJulio will forever be known as a generous man with a great big heart, who would give a stranger the shirt off his back and do anything for a laugh.
George is survived by his wife, Rosa Johnson, his three sons; Jake DiJulio, Shane DiJulio, Dylan DiJulio, his daughter, Savannah DiJulio, and his grand children; Britney DiJulio, Kaelan DiJulio, Haden DiJulio, Dalton DiJulio, Kyler DiJulio, Weston DiJulio, and Reece DiJulio.
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Les Cordoza

Posted at 07:53pm
MY memories of George go back to Colorado, WE were in a band together called "Thorn Lake Band" named after a small lake on the property where he is brother Charloe had a home,,,My brother Tony was the lead singer of the band and thus there were 2 sets of brothers in the band, WE played some great gigs at a place called "Hidden Valley Ranch" ...whoch was a "dude ranch" outside of Boulder ,Colorado. There was a big clubhouse there with a giant stone fireplace at one end where of course they had big fires to help keep it warm,, We packed the place with many college students from Boulder and just a bunch of regular mountain folks,,,to make extra money our wives and girlfriends made sandwiches and other snacks which they sold on the side,,,my biggest regret is that we have no recordings of Thorn Lake but I have a distant memory pf a song by Taj Mahal we covered called "Corrina" ,,,if you googgle that song on You Tube that's about as close as you can get to hearing Thorn Lake,,I will miss You George and Charlie too...with Love Les Cordoza
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Steve Alexander

Posted at 03:15pm
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George and I met around 1990 at Riverside Golf Course and became good friends quickly. I shared with George my goal of playing professional golf and he offered to help me at no charge and we were in business. George taught me many aspects of the game with emphasis on practice and tournament golf. Together we practiced, played golf and shared many beers and stories, well.. he would tell the story and I would listen, lol. We had a lot of fun playing tournaments together. If we were playing against each other, we were fierce competitors during the round, George had no problem with the mental games, and best of friends after the round. George always showed support for me and my family with our endeavors in and out of the golf business. George was the one who got me started in the National Long Drive Championship in 1995. He called me Sonora, said I needed to get my tail to Merkel because he was hosting a National Long Drive Qualifier. So I did.
This memory all the DiJulio family may remember. We were playing in our first out of town partnership. George said pick him up at 6am. Due to my excitement I showed up at his house about 5am, waking him up and whole family. His response when opening the door was on this basis... "why the heck are you hear so early?"
George was my teacher, mentor, pardner and above all my friend.

JM

Jen Marcotte

Posted at 03:06pm
I will go way back in time for my memory- when George and I first met, when we were both skinny young kids of 22. First, I want to say (and everybody who knew him can attest to this) that George used humor as a special tool to connect with people. He had a way of negating the ego and holding up a slanted mirror that made you laugh. Anyway, when we met, he smoked cigarettes- a habit I strongly disapproved of and thought I could help him with. “Whenever you feel like a cigarette, kiss me instead,” I suggested coyly. He said, “ I’d rather smoke a cigarette.”
Then there was this guy everyone adulated. He played the sitar and people thought of him almost like Jesus Christ. George had a conversation with this sitar-playing saint and I overheard the last of it. “Yeah, when you come out to Colorado,” George was saying, “I’ll put you up.” There was a best of silence. Then George said, “Up in the attic.”
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Jim Connally

Posted at 12:54pm
From Jim Connally;
George and I met about 1970 at Thorn Lake (above Blackhawk Colorado) while I was helping his older brother Charley building Geodesic Domes and we immediately became best of friends. He was driving a 55 Cheyrolet car with ALL his precious possessions in the trunk. He had a few clothes, a guitar and a big .357 Magnum pistol that he packed everywhere. He had just driven up from Texas and was looking for a job (as we all had been) and my brother-in-law, Mike Reardon, who was a close friend of his big-brother, Charley, hired him to work at the Central City Micro-Foundry where all the rest of us worked. They made jewelry using a photo-etching process. Eventually, George befriended a man with a ranch, (the Dory Hill Ranch) and he rented the ranch house from him where he and his girlfriend, Jennifer, moved into. They got married there.
George somehow got two horses and I traded a double barreled 12 gauge shotgun for one of them. He and I decided to start a summer horse packing business and we began to acquire more horses, saddles and tack to make it work. We landed a contract with the Colorado Reformatories to take groups of about 15 Juvenile Delinquents on 3 day pack trips in what is now the Indian Peaks Wilderness in the mountains west of Boulder Colorado.
We worked hard, with our base of operations being the Dory Hill Ranch and had many fine adventures taking groups over the Continental Divide on Arapaho Pass, then down the western slope to Monarch Lake and Granby on the other side, There, we would meet One-Eyed Paul who we hired to set up camp and cook for us all. Paul was also a driver to support our trips, and we began renting horses on an hourly basis during the weekends in Golden Gate State Park. This however was tedious work compared to the adventures we had crossing the Divide every week (sometimes twice a week) in lightning and hail storms.
We had a small packhorse named Snip who liked to roll in the water whenever she got the chance. We just let her follow us without a lead rope so we had to stay alert to prevent her from soaking her pack. On one occasion, I had recently bought a new camera that was hanging on my saddle horn and I noticed her ears perk up as we approached a beaver pond. I tried to snap a lead rope on her halter but was too late, she had smelled the water and took off for the pond. She and my horse ran a tied race and both jumped into the pond at the same time. She landed in about a foot of water and hopped across to the other side, but my horse and I landed in a deep, bottomless pool and went under. As I was swimming free underwater, I saw my new camera sinking deeper into the icy water. George saw the whole thing and was roaring with laughter as I sputtered my way out of the water. I could see my camera underwater and was as wet as I could get, so I just dove back in and retrieved the expensive camera, but it was already full of water and was no longer an expensive camera, It was totally ruined but George thought it was well worth the laugh.
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Bobby

Posted at 12:11pm
So many great memories when the DIJulio’s moved down the road from me. It was during my teenage years when I met them. George was very charismatic. Lots of golfing and fishing trips in those days. With him being the golf pro at a local course it opened the door for me and his oldest son Jake to work and enjoy adventures on the golf course at all hours of the day.
He will truly be missed and thankfully his spirit will live on in his great kids forever.
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