In 1958, there was a town in California named Visalia. It was a small town with a population of approximately 28,000 people. In the fall of this year, Ted was born to expecting parents Theodore H. Grajeda and Angela F. Velasquez. Ted was named Theodore H. Grajeda Jr. albeit, he was more affectionately known as “Ted” for the duration of his life.
When Ted was a child, he worked with his father in the family business, which at that time was HVAC, Electrical, and plumbing. Ted learned a rigorous work ethic before the age of ten. After his school hours, he would spend his afternoons working at his father’s shop where he acquired the baseline knowledge that would later serve him in life. At the age of 16, Ted enlisted into the United States Army where he traveled our nation and the world in both conflict and peace time.
When these childhood and military chapters came to a close, Ted relocated to San Bernardino California, where he befriended a man named Jay. This man was an HVAC business owner and worked with Ted in partnership fashion. Jay spent time teaching some of the non-technical business aspects and their friendship flourished. As time passed, Ted later met Kit in San Bernardino. They married in November of 1996. Within a few years, Ted would enter into business for himself where he remained at the helm of his own destiny until his passing.
While in San Bernardino, Ted helped to raise two of Kit’s sons, Daniel & Ryan. In 1999, Trevor was born to Kit and Ted. Life would take everyone to Utah within a few years where the family has since remained.
Despite having a demanding schedule, while Ted wasn’t working, he loved to go fishing or spend time with his family. Ted would keep a fishing pole in his truck for when the right opportunity passed by, or when he picked up his granddaughter who liked to go fishing with grandpa. Ted also supported and encouraged Kit, who would team up with Ted and spare no effort to make holidays and family dates on the calendar memorable. Ted carried much of his military service through his adult life. He was a hard worker who didn’t cut corners. He made the most of everything and he never gave up. He wouldn’t let anybody do any task with him if the other person’s safety wasn’t assured. He put his wife first.
Ted is survived by Kit, Trevor, Ryan, Daniel, and his grandchildren. Ted will forever be remembered as a loving husband, an honest friend, a caring father, and our protector.