Joseph Michael Bettini, 80, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean; his four daughters, Andrea, Lisa, Michele, and Marcela; his six grandchildren; and his three sisters, Sandra, Micki, and Mary.
Joe was born on August 8, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Phoenix at the age of 2 years old with his family. He grew up with his three sisters and parents in Phoenix and attended St. Mary’s High School. Joe was an avid sports follower, playing football in high school and later doing statistics for St. Mary’s HS football for many years.
Joe was married to Jean in 1966, and the same year, he also began practicing law at his firm. He was a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and ultimately specialized in Worker’s Compensation law. Joe was very dedicated to his career and continued to practice for 54 years, until his death.
Joe was a Eucharistic minister at St. Joseph’s parish in the 1970s. He enjoyed spending time with his four daughters as a dedicated father through the years, coaching softball, and was lovingly known as Papa to his grandchildren. He loved to watch all sports in his spare time, and frequently attended football, basketball, and baseball games whenever he could. He also enjoyed golfing and fishing very much with his friends. Joe loved to cook every Sunday for his family, often preparing homemade, traditional Sicilian family recipes.
Funeral Services will be held at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 11:00 AM in the mausoleum atrium. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited. Condolences and Hugs from Home may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com .
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So sorry for your Loss for such a dear guy! I have know Joe since 5th grade at St. Gregory’s and then the family lived behind our family all through grammar school and part of high school. The last time I saw Joe was at the St. Gregory’s Mass & reunion a couple of years ago.! My prayers are with all of you love, Mary Lala
Prayers for fellow classmate of St Mary’s High.
Whitney & Murphy
One of my very favourite friends, and the best dance partner. God bless you and may your rest in peace. Peace also to all your family, and thank you, Joe, for all your many years of support to St. Mary’s High School.
Mickey Johnson Hegg
Praying that your family will find peace during this difficult time. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
Russ and Robin Skinner
Cathy Toschik Williams
I join other St. Gregory and St. Mary’s classmates in offering sympathy to Joe’s wife and family. The others have expressed our memories well. You always felt comfortable around Joe. He lived a good life and has left a great legacy. One day we will all have a grand reunion in Heaven!
Robert E. Wisniewski
I am saddened to learn of Joe’s passing. He was a long time practitioner in the area of Worker’s Compensation in Arizona. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and a ceaseless advocate for his injured worker clients. He will be missed. He was a kind man. Our prayers and condolences To his wife and family. You have your memories to sustain you. Robert and Jane Wisniewski
Condolences to family and dear friends. In addition to Joe’s devotion to family, he was indefatigable. I should know, as he was my law partner for over 40 years. Joe did not represent entities or corporations. He only represented individuals who suffered significant problems, often because of injustices against them. At work Joe was not concerned with small talk; his time was totally devoted to his clients. He was a true humanitarian. His legacy will be as someone who totally devoted his life to others.
Dear Jean and Family,
I think of many happy times spent with you and Joe.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love Theresa Risolo
Joe was a great worker comp attorney and friend. His smile was wonderful and always welcoming.
Joe will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
Denise Blommel and Don Doerres
What a great guy Joe was. A friend of my brother. Dick, in high school and at St.Mary’s College of California, I have positive memories of Joe. His legal career was distinguished. He shall be missed.
Sorry for your loss. Will always remember Joe for the help he gave me on my Worker’s Comp case. I always think of Joe as a fellow Knight.
Nancy and Don Bartolone
Our heartfelt condolences . Jean and family, we hold you in our hearts and surround you with love and light as we grieve the loss of our cousin Joe.
Whitney & Murphy
Thinking of you and the girls, Jeanie, with many fond memories of Joe as a boss, mentor, teacher and friend. And an unforgettable State Bar trip to London many years ago. I hope you all can find comfort in Joe’s memory.
Jeffrey D. Bonn