Justin Neal Casamajor
December 7, 1972 ~ July 18, 2017
Justin Neal Casamajor, age 44, passed away peacefully after his battle with neuroendocrine cancer on July 18, 2017 at his home overlooking Lake Oroville with his loving wife Debra and his loyal dogs Boogie and Sadie by his side. Boogie, who he trained while learning the skills of a professional dog trainer, was never very far from his side, always providing comfort and protection.
Justin attended Chico schools, graduating from Chico Independent Studies in 1991. Justin was an amazing natural mathematician who tutored college students in calculus, while still a junior in high school. During his days of working in the food industry, he also taught himself to speak Spanish, so he could communicate with fellow workers. Justin also attended classes at various times at Butte Community College and Sacramento State.
Justin moved from Sacramento in the mid 90’s to establish himself at Lake Tahoe, where he purchased a home in Homewood and started his own business. ACME Carpet Care became one of the major providers to the huge seasonal rental market that serves the Lake Tahoe region. He retired from his business several years ago due to work related injuries. He then became a professional dog trainer.
In 2012, Justin moved back to Butte County. Here in the Sierra Nevada foothills, overlooking Lake Oroville, Justin developed raw land into his and Debra’s personal paradise. He researched, designed, obtained the necessary permits and installed a household solar power system. He installed wells, water holding tanks and water supply lines for their home as well as his many gardens on their “off the grid” property. Justin grew most of their fruits and vegetables in such abundance, that Debra would routinely donate produce to the local food banks.
Justin’s zest for life was always epic and exciting to be a part of. A natural athlete from the very beginning, there was nothing he would not try. He insisted on teaching himself how to ride his older brother’s two wheel bike… “Forget the training wheels, I got this!” He started racing in some of the early BMX bicycle races in Chico…and winning! He came home with his first car, a vintage 58 Ford no less, when he was just 15, much to his mother’s dismay! He was an all-star little league player, and a very accomplished skier after his move to the Tahoe area, teaching himself the difficult skill of downhill skiing on telemark skis with season passes from Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Homewood Mountain Resort. He also had a passion for dirt bike riding and camping. He loved the outdoors and everything that was possible to enjoy there. His amazing wife Debra is someone that is also truly comfortable in the outdoors, which was a contributing factor in bringing them together. While their time together was cut short, their love for each other was epic and beautiful to behold!
Justin Neal Casamajor was born December 7, 1972 to Lynn (Alexander) Casamajor and Robert Casamajor in Chico, CA. He is predeceased by his grandparents, Mary Ellen and Irvin (Alex) Alexander; Mary Helen and former Chico Mayor, Gordon Casamajor; and his uncle Jon Casamajor.
Justin is survived by his sister, Alicia (Casamajor)and husband John Gambone of Fair Oaks, CA; brothers Jason and wife Alethea Casamajor of Maui HI; Jacques and wife Paige Casamajor of Martinez, CA; his lovely wife Debra (Lemke) Casamajor; in-laws Wayne and JoAn Lemke, Loudon,TN; his aunt Gail (Alexander) Kharidia of Boston MA; aunt Marie (Reecy) Casamajor of Santa Rosa, CA; uncle Dan Casamajor of Chico; aunt Cathi Casamajor of Chico, CA; cousins Mathew Casamajor of Chico; and Anand and Amar Kharidia of Boston, MA. Justin is survived by his eight nieces and nephews who absolutely adored him as their “fun Uncle Justin”. Future holiday family gatherings will never be the same again.
Memorial donations can be made to The Nevada Humane Society (775) 856-2000, ext. 324 or the Blessing Basket Food Pantry through the St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, (530) 877-7006 in Justin’s memory.