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Joseph Gene "Joe" Casini

February 7, 1962 — December 15, 2021

Joseph Gene Casini, age 59, passed away on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at his home in Missoula, MT from heart failure.

Joe was born on February 7, 1962 in Bakersfield, CA to Geno Casini and Betty Nelson. In his younger years, Joe loved spending time with family and visiting his parents at their homes in California and Nevada. Joe loved playing baseball and excelled at it, playing from ages 8 to 15 until a knee injury ended his dream. He would share memories of his parents, sister and brothers, cousins, Grandmother DoDo, and friends traveling and having family get togethers. He was very appreciative to his sister, Jenny for her patience and forgiveness always looking out for him and helping him when he could not help himself. Joe was proud of his younger brother Steve and smiled when sharing his memories of taking care of him when they were younger, and how he went everywhere Joe would go.

For those that knew Joe, he had a great smile and a laugh that was contagious. Joe had a thirst for life and experiencing all that it had to offer, he lived and loved hard. Throughout his life he lived in California, Nevada, Washington, and Montana. Hardworking, Joe found he could excel at many different types of work. He worked in Nevada on motel renovations, one of his most proud jobs was working for his brother Steve at Carson City in 1991, one of Steve’s championship years in racing, he learned photography and received an award for his work at a studio in Washington, worked for 10 years in the Warehouse and delivery driver for Pacific Metal Company in Billings, MT, Automotive Parts Manager at Carquest in Glendive, MT and after hitting his rock bottom with addiction and medical issues leading to disability, he moved to Missoula, MT where he worked part time at HuHot Mongolian Grill until his health prevented him from working.

His family was everything to him. On November 30, 1981 his daughter Misty was born making him a proud father. He cherished his time and memories with her. In 1998 Joe met his best friend Amy Frank through her cousins and his good friends and coworkers Jim and Kelly Tabbert at Pacific Metal Company. A new chapter in his life began and on September 4, 1999 Amy and Joe married. Joe’s oldest daughter Misty traveled from Reno to Billings for the wedding and stayed to live with Joe and Amy. On December 14, 1999 his twin daughters Elizabeth and Alexandria were born and the four were a family. On January 29, 2004 his youngest daughter Kaitlyn was born completing their family. Joe was very proud of his daughters and all their accomplishments, supporting them long distance and he would write and send them cards to celebrate all the special moments, determined they knew how much they were loved.

The things Joe loved most in this world were his four daughters, three granddaughters, wife, his family and friends. He had great memories with his son-in-law Mark, both outnumbered by all the gals in their lives. Joe was fiercely protective of those he loved, and he loved them with his whole heart. Some special memories he would share were fishing with his father Geno when he visited Joe and his family in Billings, he enjoyed helping his brother-in-law, Aaron with construction projects and going to the family lake cabin in North Dakota. He enjoyed helping with barbeques and taking the twins to Hollecker Lake in Glendive to fish with his father-in-law Earl.

Joe struggled throughout his life, he fought demons and made wrong decisions that led to separation from his family and led him to his journey to recovery. In September Joe achieved six years of sobriety, he desperately wanted his life back and was willing to fight for it. While trying to regain his self-worth and self-esteem, he took full accountability for his actions and hurt he caused his family and friends. Joe remained strong and faithful , doing all the right things to maintain his sobriety. The last years of Joe’s life found a struggling man become a humbled man striving to right his wrongs, making amends to his family, and helping other addicts in their recovery. He wanted nothing more than to be a good dad to his daughters and friend to his wife, someone they would forgive and be proud of with the hope of being able to spend time with them again. A humble soul immerged in his sobriety and Joe took great care to share his testimony to mentor and encourage others struggling. He was a positive influence and good friend to his recovery family. His family and friends respect the way he fought his difficult battle and are glad his last years were filled with better days and that the most important thing for him was that he left this world sober. Joe struggles no more, instead is flying high with the angels and reunited with those he loved and who passed before him.

Joe is survived by his wife Amy Casini, Glendive MT; daughter Misty (Mark) Angell, granddaughters Charisma, Stella, and Meadow, Billings MT; twin daughters Elizabeth and Alexandria Casini, Billings MT; daughter Kaitlyn Casini, Glendive MT; sister Jenny Casini, Medford OR; niece Brandy (Danny) Taelour, great niece Britney, Sparks NV; niece Nicole Pemble; great nephew Liam, Medford OR; brother Steve (Windi) Portenga, nieces Janae, Jordyn and Taylor, Fellows CA.; mother-in-law Linda Frank, Glendive MT; brother-in-law Aaron (Paula) Frank, nephews Justin Frank and Jacob Frank, Glendive MT. Joe was blessed with friendships and brotherhood of good friends Bert (Jelly) Wustner and Mike Harris all creating a safe and loving place for Joe in Missoula. He is predeceased in death by his father Geno Casini, mother Betty Nelson, brother John Nelson; Grandmother Camilla Buehler (DoDo); and father-in-law Earl Frank.

A service of remembrance and celebration of Joe’s life will be at a later date. His wife and daughters extend a heartfelt and special thank you to Captain Rob Taylor of the Missoula Sheriff’s Department, Ryan Bailey at WMMHC, Dave Vaupel and staff at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Missoula, MT. They appreciate the kindness and comfort offered to them when they traveled to Missoula making final arrangements for their husband, father, and friend. Please share memories and stories you have to To all that have given their love and support to both Joe and his family, we thank you. Joe was loved by many who will continue to cherish the time and memories they shared with him. It will be through these stories and memories that his family and friends find comfort and affirmation of the loving and kind man Joe was to all those he loved.

Arrangements are under the care of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Missoula.
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