In Loving Memory

Salvatore Thomas DeFatta, d. January 13, 2015




In Loving Memory

July 20, 1942 – January 13, 2015



Salvatore Thomas DeFatta, 72, of Daphne, passed away, Tuesday, January 13, 2015.  He was known by friends as “Sal” and his family called him “Tommy”.   Born and raised in Shreveport, LA and retired to Texas.  After living in Texas he settled in Daphne, AL.  He was retired from Eastman Kodak.

Mr. and Mrs. DeFatta have been members of Christ the King Catholic Church where Sal was member of the Silver Saints.  He enjoyed  hunting, fishing, working with leather, cooking and he was an artistic blacksmith. His love of motorcycles allowed him to tour the US & Mexico.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of over 50 years, Mary Ann Moore DeFatta, of Daphne; two sons, Thomas Joseph (Toni) DeFatta of Waggaman, LA;  Phillip James (Holly) DeFatta of Norman, OK;  daughter; Melissa (David) Kielek of Daphne;  sister, Nancy (Donald) Schwab, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and fifth expected in July.

The family would like to say a special thank you to those who took care of Mr. DeFatta. This would include the Mitchell Cancer Institute, Dr. David Clarkson and his wonderful nursing staff, Dr. Jennifer Sycora and Dr. Mahmoud of Gun Barrel City, TX, Gentiva Hospice staff Faith, Belinda and Kim.

A memorial visitation for Salvatore will be held from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, January 16, 2015, at Hughes Funeral Home in Daphne.  A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00am, Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Daphne.  The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00am until service time.  Celebrant will be Fr. Matthew J. O’Connor.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Mitchell Cancer Institute, 1660 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, AL 36604 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL, 36526.


  1. Renee Sanford

    We all loved you. We will miss you and your smiles, kindness, and humorous personality.

  2. Brenda Perry

    Sweet Sally! I will always miss you, your smile and each great story you shared with me! You meant more to me than a patient! I considered you a friend! May God’s peace and comfort help families and friends as we mourn and celebrate Sal’s life! Rest peacefully Sal!

  3. Susan Buchanan

    My prayers are with you all. Sal was such a warm endearing man. It was so wonderful having Sal and Maryann as neighbors. Ray and I used to comment on how lucky we were to have neighbors/friends like you. Sal taught us how to catch those crappies! Ray learned to clean the fish properly from Sal. I know that they are both in Heaven now and what a glorious place for two wonderful men to be. We miss them but will see them again.

    Love you and with my deepest sympathies MaryAnn and family.

    Call me anytime.


  4. Joanie Sigman

    To the Defatta family,

    My heart goes out to all of you! We were all so blessed to have Sal in our lives.I know the world was a better place because he was here. I will miss him dearly.

    Love, Joanie

  5. Mary Bourland

    Bill and I are so very sorry for your loss. We have all been blessed to have shared more than 50 years with the loves of our lives. We wish it could have been 50 more. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.


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