It is with great sadness that the family of Monty Joe Bayer, know to friends as Joe Bob, announces his passing on September 19, 2017 after a 2 year battle with cancer.
Joe was born March 16, 1967 in Haskell Texas. After graduating from Gainesville High School in 1985 he attended Oklahoma University and the University of Southern California where he received a degree in business finance.
It was in California that Joe met and married his wife of 26 years, Christine. In 1993 Joe and Christine moved to Arizona and began their family having 3 beautiful daughters, Kelsey, Kendall and Kamryn.
In Arizona Joe began his very successful career in commercial property management. Joe was a principal owner in Ross Brown Partners Inc, specializing in commercial property management, development and general contracting.
Joe's greatest love was his family. Being a loving and devoted father he was involved in all areas of his daughters upbringing and education, attending countless recitals, games and competitions. His love and guidance shaping them into the successful young women he was so very proud of. Joe's other interest included bicycling, golf, photography, scuba diving, sky diving and physical fitness and he was most recently proud of completing his first triathlon and tuff mudder competitions.
On September 23, 2017 a Celebration of Life was held for Joe at the First Methodist Church of Gilbert Arizona where he was a faithful and active member. Joe was a member of the men's group and touched the hearts of all who heard him with his beautiful voice as the leader of the Praise Band. Family and friends shared memories of Joe at a luncheon served after the church services. He was remembered for his love of life, his devotion to his family and his faith, and the kindness, compassion and respect he gave all those he met. He was most remember for his positive attitude. Throughout his difficult struggle with cancer, when asked "how are you", Joe would simply smile and reply "I am blessed".
Joe's battle with cancer was hard fought. He indured multiple surgeries and treatments including chemotherapy, radiation and TIL cell replacement. Joe participated in trial and research studies at M D Anderson Cancer Center in Arizona, the Smilo Cancer Center at Yale University in Connecticut, and the University of California Los Angeles Cancer Center in California. Even after being told he had only a 5% chance for survival Joe continued to participate in research programs and fund raisers and spoke at benefits to raise awareness and fund for the search for a cure. It was Joe's wishes that any donations made in his memory be made to the T W Lewis Melanoma Center of Excellence, Banner M D Anderson Cancer Center, 2946 E Banner Gateway Drive, Gilbert Arizona, 85234.
Joe is survived by his wife Christine, daughters Kelsey, Kendall and Kamryn, his mother Della Fette Bayer Campbell, his father and stepmother Don and Barbara Bayer, sisters Sonda and Robin, sister and brother in law Lea and David, sister and sister in law Tia and Debbie and nephews Johnathan and Joseph, as well as numerous aunts, uncles cousin, extended family and dear friends. Joe was preceded in death by his stepfather Bob Campbell, grandparents Gertrude and Joe Fette and Louise and Martin Bayer and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Joe will be dearly missed and lovingly remember by his family and friend, who all believed that "we are blessed" by having had him in our lives.
Published on October 9, 2017