Fred John Vanni, of Arcata, California, was the first born son of Angelo and Nida Vanni, making his entrance into the world October 28th,1929.  Angelo and Nida were long-time Arcata residents who also owned and operated the Arcata Trailer Park for many decades.

After having spent an enjoyable Christmas Eve with family, Fred passed away peacefully on December 26, 2022, at the age of 93.  

Fred loved and was proud of his long lived life in Arcata. He was a graduate of Arcata High School.  He and his wife Sally, along with their boys, David and Dean,  lived at the same house on Beverly Drive from the early 1950’s until 2019 when Fred and Sally moved to Oakmont in Elk Grove to be close to family.  Emptying and selling the long time family home was bittersweet.

Fred had an amazing work ethic.  He worked hard all his life, from the time he was a teenager.

He instilled this work ethic into his sons and grandchildren, and also loved to share stories of his life.

Fred was the proud co-owner of Arcata Bowl.  He, along with his wife Sally, and his brother Don Vanni and sister in law, Barbara Vanni, made the bowling alley and  adjacent bar, The Pin Room, a huge success and fixture in town for almost 30 years.  Fred also served his country in the Korean War and had many stories to tell of his time overseas.  Fred was an amazing story teller!

Fred was predeceased by the love of his life, and wife of more than 67 years, Sally.  Sally passed away in March of 2020 and Fred missed her dearly.  He is now reunited with her in heaven.  Fred was also predeceased by his sister Linda and his brother Don.

Fred is survived by his two sons, David Vanni (Lisa Renee), Dean Vanni (Robin), his sister Donna Fauerbach (Sid), sister in law Barbara Vanni, grandchildren, Tammi Gyori (Jeremy), Ryan Vanni (Melissa), Benjamin Vanni, Steven Vanni, Jason Vanni, and Jonathon Vanni.

Fred liked to boast about his many great-grandchildren, 18 so far, as well as two great great grandchildren!  Fred is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.  The Vanni and Dal Porto Clan were and are long time fixtures in the Eureka and Arcata area.  

A funeral mass will be held to honor Fred’s wonderful and well lived life on Saturday, March 4th at 10 am at St.Mary’s Church in Arcata.  Private graveside service, organized by Paul’s Chapel, for immediate family only, will be held following the mass. Fred and Sally will be interred together at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Arcata.

Donations can be made in Fred’s name to Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Wounded Warriors Project, or any organization of your choice.

Rest in heavenly peace Fred; we will miss you more than words can express.


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