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Joseph Austin Bettencourt


Joseph Austin Bettencourt passed away suddenly in a traffic accident on March 26, 2021.

Joseph was born on May 15, 1998, to Christina Pesola and Mark Bettencourt. Joseph was athletic, enjoyed long walks, just hanging out with family, gaming with his friends, playing chess, loved boxing and watching the sport, was into fitness, as well as getting outdoors.

Joseph and his brother Kenneth loved to push each other on long-distance runs including two marathons and an ultra-marathon and often went out for runs just to spend time and talk. What Joseph probably loved most was leisurely spending time with his sister Nona, having fun together, being silly, and talking with each other. Joseph was a handsome boy and did not need much to enjoy himself, and he never missed out on an opportunity to get together with his cousins when they were in town.

Joseph had an extremely easy-going, engaging personality, and never had a mean thing to say about anyone. He was known to make silly-quirky jokes and light-hearted, off-the-wall comments. He was always ready with a laugh and a smile. Joe had a strong bond with his family, he loved to eat, he ate a lot, and was the tallest in the family; his older little brother Kenneth loved to call him, “big dog” and Nona would call him, “Joe-Joe”. He worked several jobs and was most proud of his time at Save Mart where he was cross-trained for multiple departments just out of high school. He also worked in the family business, Bedrock Construction, and there he learned quickly. When he put his mind to something, he worked hard to do his best and finish the job. From a child, Joe loved helping his Grandpa on the property whether it be harvesting grapes, olives, and almonds, or making wine, working on building projects, picking fruit, pulling weeds, digging holes or anything in between. He had a special connection with his Grandfather, Giacomo Pesola. He loved to eat mounds of his Grandpa’s pasta and homemade sauce and said that when he was at his Grandpa’s house everything felt right. Joseph had a natural way with people, he was inquisitive and always wanted to see himself and others do better.

Joseph loved his parents: his Mom and his Dad. In just a few words, his Mom remembers Joseph as thoughtful, loving, kind, gentle and playful. His Dad loved his honesty; “he told you the whole story, bad or good.” He will be so gravely missed that words cannot express it; Heaven could not come quick enough. He believed in God and put trust in Jesus Christ.

His time was much too short to see the man he could have become, or to measure the grandeur of his life by the length of his achievements.

Joseph is survived by his mother Christina, his Father Mark, and his siblings, Robert Bettencourt, Daniel Bettencourt, Michael Bettencourt, Trisha Morgan, Kenneth Calvin Jr., and Nona Bettencourt.

The place Joseph held in his family’s and loved one’s hearts is one only he could fill. Our beautiful, loving Joe— may you rest in peace.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 10, at the Calvary Cemetery & Funeral Center, 7101 Verner Avenue, in Citrus Heights.

A reception will follow at the Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Avenue, in Carmichael.

The service is open to family and friends.■

04/08/2021 • WPR #2021-0475

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