Joseph Anthony Ratto

Ratto, Joseph 1July 21st 1951 – January 4th 2019

Joseph Anthony Ratto passed away suddenly on January 4, 2019 at the age of 67. He was born in San Francisco to Beverly Kenyon and Emilio Joseph Anthony Ratto on July 21, 1951. He graduated from Westmoor High School in 1969, and attended college in California where he earned his major in music with an art minor.

He moved with his family to Washington where he finished his apprenticeship in 1978 and worked in construction, eventually forming J.A.Ratto Company. He was engaged in local politics, educational and professional organizations such as CITC, BIAW, MBA and others.

His charitable contributions touched the lives of many. He loved music, and was a proficient classical, rock, and blues guitarist, as well as a poet. He also loved art, and was an avid reader.

He is preceded in death by his mother Beverly. He is survived by his son Nate, his daughter Bianca and their families. As well as their mother Marilyn, his brother Jim and his family, his father Emilio, and many loving friends. His memorial service will be held at 2pm Saturday January 26th at Chapel of the Resurrection on the campus of Cedar Park Church.



  1. Denny Conner
    Posted January 12, 2019 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    I was fortunate enough to enjoy many fun social moments with Joe over the past 15 years or so. We shared similar interests in and multiple conversations about ways to help promote the viability of the local remodeling business community through the MBAKS and the BIAW.

    Joe became a dearly beloved friend over the years as we shared similar challenges and interests in our personal and business lives. And we heartily shared our celebrations and successes.

    Joe was thoughtful, caring, compassionate and caring, even in his cantankerous moments. I loved Joe and I miss him greatly. I will miss our occasional lunches and dinners together and the fun and enriching conversations that went with those.

    Trust me Joe. I will raise a glass to you often, even if it’s only in my heart.

  2. DW
    Posted January 22, 2019 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    To the Family, so sorry for your loss. Hope you will be comforted in knowing that Joseph has the prospect of being resurrected, healthy (in the flesh), to Paradise Earth just as Jehovah God has promised. In fact , the vast majority will enjoy everlasting life right here on earth as God had intended from the beginning. God’s Kingdom will do this under the rule of Jesus Christ. READ John 5:28, 29, Job 14:14, 15,Psalms 37:29,Matthew 6:9,10, Matthew 5:5 and Revelation 21:2-4 Go To: JW.ORG

  3. Jan Rohila
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Joe played an important leadership role at BIAW for over 10 years. He Chaired our Education Committee in 2000, 2001 and 2005 and was a top instructor for BIAW. He helped set the direction for our Education Program and establish the foundation for today’s nationally recognized and award-winning program.

    He never lost his passion for teaching, imparting the the value of continuing education and the need to mentor our young home builders.

  4. Sandra (SanDee) Olson
    Posted February 3, 2019 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    my heart is saddened over the passing of Joe. He was a bright, passionate and gentle man who fought hard to get apprenticeship training for all in the state of WA. I worked with Joe for many years fighting the fight and his insight & compassion were an inspiration to all. we had many great conversations both personally & professionally over a great Italian “red”. i will miss my “Paisan”

  5. Randy Gold
    Posted April 3, 2019 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    I just learned of Joe’s passing a couple of weeks ago and was devastated by the news!! He was way too young to be taken from us!!His great heart and spirit will be greatly missed! He was a man of honor in a world where that’s become a very rare commodity. We had the heart of a lion and was never afraid to fight the good fight. As we fought many battles side by side over the years at BIAW I developed the highest regard and deepest respect for Joe! My heart aches!!

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