TUCSON -- Joseph Bonanno Jr., younger son and namesake of the late crime chieftain who headed one of New York City's five original crime families, died Nov. 2 at his ranch in Ione, Calif., of a heart attack, his older brother, Salvatore ''Bill" Bonanno said. He was 60.
Joseph Bonanno Jr., the youngest of three children born to Joseph and Fay Bonanno, was shielded from much of the family business, his brother said.
''I don't even think he knew what it was all about," Bill Bonanno said. ''We tried to make it our business not to involve him in anything."
Mr. Bonanno raised horses on his 20-acre ranch. He studied animal husbandry at the University of Arizona, where he was a bull rider and calf roper in club rodeo competition, his brother said.
The family patriarch died of heart failure in 2002 at age 97. Derisively nicknamed ''Joe Bananas," he retired to Arizona in 1968 after allegedly running one of the most powerful Mafia groups.
Mr. Bonanno was given a 120-day jail sentence in 1985 after pleading guilty to making a false statement to a federal agent during a cocaine conspiracy inquiry.