Joseph A. Mustaca

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Joseph A. Mustaca Sr., 52, died March 18, 2008 in Payson from complications due to emphysema/pulmonary disease.

He was born Oct. 11, 1955 to Stefano and Maria Mustaca.

Early in his life, Mr. Mustaca made a very successful living for his family working as an auto body repairman/automotive painter. However, his true passion was art. Even with a busy work schedule and raising a family, he found time to attend the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology. He graduated at the top of his class with a degree in graphic design.

Like most artists, his work told the tale of his life, which was often filled with pain and despair, but also beauty and inspiration.

Mr. Mustaca was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing and hunting with his children and grandchildren.

Although he probably drank more alcohol than the recommended dose and smoked more cigarettes than the Marlboro Man, he had more love in his heart than he knew what to do with, said his son, Giovanni.

Mr. Mustaca is survived by his daughter, Brandy; three sons, Joseph Jr., Giovanni and Garrett, who remember their father with, "Too strange to live, too rare to die. Goodbye Pop. We all love you so much and know you're watching over us."

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m., Friday, March 21 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero Drive.

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