Joseph L. Bettencourt, age 55, entered into eternal life on September 26, 2012, joining his youngest brother, Christopher Alan Bettencourt.
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Joseph was born August 18, 1957, in Kingsburg, California to Joe and Vickie Bettencourt
In 1962, he moved with his family to Stockton where he graduated from Franklin High School in 1975. After high school he took part in the Journeyman Apprentice Program at Delta College and became a diesel mechanic. On June 14, 1980, he married his best friend, Betty Jean Tyler, and they finally settled in Lodi in 1999. Then in 2003, Joseph proudly purchased his first diesel truck and established J & J Trucking, where he worked as an owner operator until he became ill.
His passions included the Drum and Bugle Corps, Dallas Cowboys, NASCAR, drag racing, and music from the Beatles to Hank Williams, Jr. Joseph enjoyed long Harley rides with his wife, collecting Hot Rods and Tonka toys. In his later years, Joseph found great joy in spending time with his loving and cherished family, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He had the biggest heart ever for the Gentle Giant Teddy Bear that he was.
He will be loved and missed very much every day.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Betty Jean "Jeannie" Bettencourt; children, Pamela (Charley) Fuentes of Stockton and Patricia (Jim) Horst of Lodi; grandchildren, John (Jessica) Perkett of Lodi, Nicole Tyler of Lodi, and Brandi Horst of Lodi; great-grandchildren, Destiny and Josephine Perkett of Lodi, and Reilee Tyler of Lodi; parents, Joe and Vickie Bettencourt of Stockton; brother, Nicholas (Karen) Bettencourt of Lodi; sister, Antoinett (Ector) Olivares of Lodi; nephews, Michael Bettencourt of the U.S.A.F. and Christian and Jacob Olivares of Lodi; nieces, Marissa and Mallory Bettencourt; and Dog and Best Friend, Irvine Bettencourt.
Friends are invited to visit Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Lodi Funeral Home. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be said Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, October 4, at 2 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Morada.
Committal will be private.
A virtual register book may be signed at www.lodifuneralhome.com where memories can be shared.
Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Oct. 3 to Oct. 9, 2012