Joseph Debro
  • 84 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 27, 1928
  • Place of birth:
    Jackson, Mississippi, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 5, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Martinez, California, United States
Let the memory of Joseph be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Joseph Debro, 84, born on November 27, 1928 and passed away on November 5, 2013. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Lauriette West-Hoff on 6th November 2016

"As we sit making decisions for HAC today, we acknowledge the missing soldiers and Joe, my friend & mentor, you are sorely missed. God bless Anita and the family as you are remembered. You are not with us in person, but your desires and directions are on our minds, especially when we consider our responsibility for investments and our néed to survive to assist those in need. I miss you and will alway remember all that you championed for in life. Lauriette & Julius."

This tribute was added by JERRY D ROBINSON on 5th November 2016

"I really enjoy getting this annual remembrance of Mr. Debro.  Being born in November myself I've always felt a special closeness to others born in November - maybe we all do our months.  I still read his column in the monthly East Bay Times.  I remember his strength.  I thank God he let him cross my path. Peace"

This tribute was added by JERRY D ROBINSON on 5th November 2014

"Time goes by so fast.  Mr. Debro is remembered often.  His newspaper column is still going strong.  His seat in the low impact aerobics class is still 'there', since his darling wife Anita continues to attend.  I am also born in November, so we used to celebrate our birth month together.  A strong man such as Mr. Debro are few.  He cannot help but be remembered by me!  Love in Christ...."

This tribute was added by Darlene Conley on 1st December 2013



Congresswoman Waters’ Statement on the Passing of Joe Debro

Los Angeles, CA, Nov 18 | Latoya Veal | 0 comments
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued the following statement on the passing of Joseph "Joe" Debro, former director for the Office of Small Business for the state of California.
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of my dear friend Joe Debro. Joe and I became friends when I was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1976. He had been appointed as the director for the Office of Small Business for the state of California, and I served as the Assembly’s representative to the small business board. Joe taught me everything I know about minority business contracting, government procurement, investment banking, and the avenues of access to capital for small and minority business.

“Joe was well-known and respected for his work with the small business community, especially in the Bay Area. The lessons I learned from him equipped me with the skill to become one of the best advocates for small and minority business in the state of California. It was because of Joe that I was able to author and pass legislation that set aside 15 percent of all state contracts for minority-owned businesses and five percent for women-owned businesses in California.

“I worked with him on many important projects, including the founding of the Builders Mutual Surety Company. This company was the first minority-owned surety company in the country, which benefitted many people. Joe was not only a business expert, but he was an activist and advocate who put pressure on city, state, and federal level governments forcing them to open up opportunities for minorities and women in business.

 “Joe will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. We all benefitted from his brilliance, his knowledge and experience and we are all better people because of him. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, his children and the entire Debro family during this difficult time.”"

This tribute was added by Sandra J Johnson Simon on 10th November 2013

"I will always remember Mr. DeBro as a well mannered gentlemen. On behalf of Dorothy M. Grate, my Mother and myself

a brilliant man has went on to glory.. We will definitely keep his family in our prayers. May he rest in peace!!!"

This tribute was added by JERRY D ROBINSON on 9th November 2013

"I shall remember Mr. Debro as a stately man.  He always spoke about the injustices Black people still had to endure these days.  He usually was on his cell phone and we would joke about him talking to President Obama!  He and his wife were admired by many at the West Oakland Senior Center (WOSC) that I also attended.  We will surely miss his presence there.  God bless him."

This tribute was added by Gilda Baker on 9th November 2013

"Mr. Debro's kind and stately manner will be forever in my heart.  I'm thankful for the wisdom he shared, the fun times with him and his lovely and thoughtful wife Mrs. Debro."

This tribute was added by david paul anderson on 8th November 2013

"It was a pleasure to have worked with him.
i will miss him"

This tribute was added by Darlene Conley on 5th November 2013

"Joseph Debro, Jr. was a true social activist for social and economic justice and was passionate about attaining economic justice for African Americans in the U.S.   Born in Mississippi in 1928, he went on to attain a Masters in Bio Chemistry from UC Berkeley. During his final years, he struggled to improve the status of African American males through education & economic empowerment."

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