Joe Wayne DeFur

March 10, 1947 ~ October 5, 2019 (age 72)

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It is with great sadness that the family of Joe DeFur announces his passing on October 5, 2019 at the age of 72. Joe will be lovingly remembered by his wife Kathy, his children Aundrea (Rob), Kimberly (Mark), Denning, Davis and grandchildren, Augie, Cooper and Raegan. He is also survived by Kathy's children Bryan, (Julie), Kirsten (Renwick), Erika (Henrik), Danny and grandchildren Maisie, Tucker, Erika (Bruce), Jessica (Matthew), Julia (Paul), Elizabeth, Noah, Nicholas and great-grandchild, Adeline Rose, all of whom loved Joe so very deeply. We all remember him as a kind and generous person who loved all of us unconditionally. He was preceded in death by his parents Everett and Martha DeFur whom he cherished. He is also survived by his brother Earl, his sister Nancy and numerous family relatives. 

Joe was born in Evansville, Indiana on March 10, 1947. He graduated from Owensville High School and earned a bachelors degree in biology, chemistry and marketing from the University of Evansville. In June of 1970, he entered the service as a naval aviator and captain in the United States Marine Corps. He received many distinctions and honors while serving in the military. Joe had a long career as an executive in the banking and financial industry, taking great pleasure in coaching those who worked for him to become successful and he enjoyed a long mentoring relationship with each.

Joe was passionate about caring for others demonstrated by his personal involvement and service on the boards of organizations such as Orphans for India and Villa Esperanza which helped the disabled and less fortunate. Joe was always interested in the development of each individual served by these organizations. He traveled to India in his endeavor to be personally involved. In addition, Joe served on the board of the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. 

Funeral Mass Friday, October 18th, 11:00 AM at OUR LADY OF JOY CATHOLIC CHURCH 36811 N Pima Rd in Carefree, AZ. Military honors will be held prior to the service.

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Funeral Mass
October 18, 2019

11:00 AM
Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church
36811 N. Pima Road
Carefree, AZ 85377

Graveside Service
October 21, 2019

10:00 AM
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
23029 N. Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012


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