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Joe Luchini, 68

| December 17, 2010 6:30 AM

On Dec. 15, 2010, Joe Luchini of Cataldo, passed away at Kootenai Medical Center surrounded by family and friends. Joe was born on Oct. 26, 1942, in St. Maries and grew up in Post Falls, where he graduated high school in 1960.

Joe put himself through college at Idaho State University and earned his bachelor's degree in geology, which led him to his long career as a geologist in the Silver Valley. Joe married the love of his life, Lisette Tulleners, on Sept. 6, 1969, and together they had six children.

Joe was an avid hunter and fisherman, sharing his passion for the outdoors with his wife and children. He loved sports; playing, watching and coaching. He enjoyed spending time with his family and labs. He was an honest, hard-working and resilient man.

Joe was an amazing husband, father and grandfather, always putting his family first above all else. He was a great man and will deeply missed by all who knew him.

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Lisette; his five children, Doug Luchini, Greg Luchini, Pete (Mariette) Jacobson, Joey (Johanna) Hale and Jenn Luchini; and 12 grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father, Primo Luchini and daughter Theresa Luchini.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 625 East Haycraft Ave., Coeur d'Alene.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Rose Lake Quick Response Unit, P.O. Box 81, Cataldo, ID 83810, or a charity of your choice.

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