Joseph Allen Sabatucci Sr., 76, of Poteau, OK passed away Thursday, November 8, 2018 in Ft. Smith, AR. Joe was born December 29, 1941 in Long Beach, CA to Vincent & Jo Ellen (Been) Sabatucci.
A 1959 graduate of Hartford High School Joe was a veteran of the US Navy, serving from 1959-1962. Joe was a graduate of the OBA School of Bank Administration & the University of Colorado Graduate School of Bank Investments & Financial Management. Joe started working in the mail room at First National Bank in Ft. Smith from which he progressed to being the Vice President of Central National Bank in Poteau.
Joe also served CNB as Chief Financial Officer. He was recognized by the Federal Reserve as one of the top cash management experts in the nation. He started the Southeastern Oklahoma Bank Assoc. & served as director. Joe also served as Treasurer and Administrative Board Member of the First United Methodist Church of Poteau He was a 50 year Bankers Club member.
He was in the softball Hall of Fame. Joe held every position in the Poteau Rotary Club. He was instrumental in starting the Trojan Fan Club and the PARC. “Some” of the organizations where he held offices include: Poteau Chamber of Commerce, Summer Youth Board, Poteau Community Chest, Poteau Softball Assoc., LeFlore County Bowling Assoc.
Joe was a great supporter of everything Poteau. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Micah.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Connie; daughters, Amanda Wilson & Paul, Andrea Traywick; son, Joseph Sabatucci Jr all of Poteau; grandchildren, Brice Wilson & Kara, Blake Wilson & Anna Carver, Kendy Jo Traywick; great grandchild, Kase Wilson; sisters, Vinessa Ledbetter & Rheta Brown; brothers, Ricky, Pete & Sam; other relatives, loved ones and friends.
Services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, Poteau with Jim Perkin & Jim Cook officiating.
Burial will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Midland, AR. Pallbearers will be Bobby Mead, Paul Quirk, Steve Holton, Chris Fenton, Mike Hall and Bill Holstein, Brice Wilson, Blake Wilson, Terry Mullins.
The family will be at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends