Joseph Michael Bettini
1940 - 2020
Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home
4800 East Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ
Joseph Michael Bettini

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

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Published by The Arizona Republic from Sep. 18 to Sep. 20, 2020.
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May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Angela Wood
September 22, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Maria Salaiz-Valdez
September 21, 2020
September 20, 2020
I knew Joe for 45 years. I first met him while I was in law school and I clerked at his law firm. Later on I became his law partner and we had lunch together around 3 days a week. I always enjoyed our talks about our families. Joe was my son Frank's Godfather and Joe always made him feel special when he visited the law office. Joe made his clients very happy by spending as much time as they needed to answer their questions and making them feel better. I learned just about everything concerning workers compensation law from Joe since he was one of the best comp attorneys in the entire state of Arizona. I enjoyed playing golf, racquetball, and softball with Joe, who was a superb athlete. If he was a few inches taller, he could have played professional baseball, basketball, or football. My wife Vera Stiesmeyer and my son Frank insana and I are all going to miss him and we pray for Joe and his wonderful family.
Sam Insana
September 20, 2020
Marc Robbins
September 19, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
September 19, 2020
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