James Kevin Hassett, 70, passed away peacefully at his home in Fort Mohave, AZ on May 20, 2018, following a courageous strug- gle with cancer. He was born on October 28, 1947 in Kansas City, Missouri to parents Chandler and Mary Margaret Hassett. His family moved from Kansas City to Phoenix, where he attended Most Holy Trinity and Brophy Prep.
Kevin’s first introduction to the funeral industry was growing up in his family’s funeral service and cemetery business. He continued growing his knowledge by getting his Mortuary Science Degree in Los Angeles, and becoming a Licensed Funeral Director and Em- balmer. When he decided to branch out on his own, Hassett began his journey in Bullhead City in 1984, when he purchased Desert Lawn Memorial Gardens in Mohave Valley from the original owners, who were farmers and developers in the area. He had a vision for funeral service and transformed several acres of desert into a beautiful and peaceful oasis with a panoramic view of the Mohave Valley. He made an impact on the community and after a lifetime of serving families, he retired in 2015.
Kevin loved celebrating every birthday in style alongside his family and friends. Most recently, he celebrated his 70th birthday at his favorite place in Laguna Beach. He enjoyed playing golf and especially appreciated the camaraderie of his best friends, otherwise known as the “Friday Afternoon Golf Club.” A favorite pastime was shopping at Safeway in Fort Mohave, mainly so he could visit with the friendly check out girls.
He was active in the community, as Past President of the Bullhead City Rotary Club and Past El Presidente & Padre of Los Matadores de Bullhead City. Not only was he involved in his local community, but also his church community, as a devoted member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church since 1984. He served in various roles throughout the years: Parish Council President, Lector, Commentator, Ex- traordinary Minister of Communion, as was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #8100.
Kevin is preceded in death by his parents, Chandler and Mary Margaret Hassett, and brothers: Chandler Jerome “Jerry” Hassett, Patrick Hassett, and Timothy Hassett.
He is survived by his wife, Julie, son John (Whitney) Hassett of Bullhead City, AZ, daughter Elizabeth (Jim) Davis of Colorado Springs, CO; four grandchildren, two sisters Terry (Robert) Fisher of Kansas City, MO, and Maggie Hassett of Phoenix, AZ; brother Michael (Jill) Hassett of Phoenix, AZ; sister-in-law, Patty Hassett of Phoenix, AZ, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Bullhead City, AZ., preceded by the Rosary at 9:30 a.m. Entombment and Reception will follow the mass at Desert Lawn Memorial Gardens. Father. Keith Kenney will officiate.
Arrangements under the care of Desert Lawn Funeral Home.
9250 South Ranchero Lane Mohave Valley, AZ 86440
2724 Silver Creek Road Bullhead City, AZ 86442
Phone: 928-768-5959 Fax: 928-768-5999