Benjamin Frank DiFatta, age 87 of Los Osos, passed on January 20, 2021. He was born November 16, 1933 in Baltimore, Maryland to John and Dorthea DiFatta, the oldest of five boys.
In 1951, at age 18, he drove the family across country to start a new life in Southern California. He began working at Lockheed Corp. and helped support his family during their transition.
In 1957 he married Isabel Basque, his wife of over 63 years, raising three sons, John, Michael and Thomas, together. After 33 years at Lockheed, he retired from his senior photographer position and moved to Los Osos where he and Isabel had their new home and large garage built doing as much of the work themselves as they could. His love of photography kept him taking pictures of weddings and special events throughout his life.
He had a background in auto mechanics and a passion for collecting several old Ford and Chevy cars which lead him to acquire a half buried 1936 Ford and completely restoring it. He had a real estate brokers license that kept him busy in retirement along with house and property maintenance, the local old car club and speaking on local political issues at the city council.