|Birth: ||Apr. 22, 1947|
|Death: ||Sep. 19, 2003|
Joe was the fourth child born to Anita Aros Briseno and Belen Briseno. At birth he was given to a foster family and joined there a year later by his older brother Frank Briseno. His natural mother died a year after Joe's birth of tuberculosis and he barely knew his natural father.He and his brother stayed in the same home until they were both 18, while other foster children came and went throughout the years. They all endured extreme abuse while in that home. Joe and Frank both have many stories of the horrible abuse they all endured.
The day that Joe graduated from high school he was handed a paper bag with his clothes in it and told that he could no longer stay in the home he had known for 18 yrs. Abusive as it was, it was all he had ever known. So off he went to live in a car, or with whoever would help him until he was able to get on his feet. His brother was with him as he was no longer welcome at home, either.
As time went on, they both developed their own demons. Joe became self abusive with drinking and drug abuse. He helped raise three children who belonged to his long time girlfriend but the relationship amongst them all was always rocky.
After serving in the military during the Viet Nam war, he served a short time on the Los Angeles Police Department. He was a talented auto mechanic and for a time he and Frank owned their own auto repair shop in Long Beach. His last occupation was with the Federal Government as a police officer at the Long Beach Naval Base.
He became ill when he suffered kidney failure and ended up on dialysis for many years before his death. His illness was brought on by the many years of drug and alcohol abuse. A few years before his death, he received a kidney transplant, but it was not to be and only a few months later it had to be removed. He died suddenly a couple of years later.
The one thing that Joe was always proud of was his Native American heritage being that his natural mother was Native American from the Pima Indian Tribe.
Joe is finally at peace and no longer fighting the demons that were with him for all of his 56 yrs.
Joe is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Frank and Kathy Briseno and nieces Larecia, Jamie, Aimee and Heather and nephew Thomas.
Joe was my ex-husband.
Westminster Memorial Park
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Originally Created by: Jenelle
Record added: Jan 14, 2006
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