Joseph Michael Avis, 69, died peacefully at home March 6, 2001 following an illness.
Joe was born on December 29, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah to James Lester and Alice Gledhill Avis. He married Ruth JoAnne Clark on April 24, 1953. Marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.
Joe graduated from South High School in 1950, where he excelled in sports. He graduated from the U of U in history and political science. He was a dedicated and respected educator for 34 years, teaching at Irving and Hillside Jr. High Schools. He taught history, social studies and coached after-school basketball. He served on the USS McNair during the Korean War and was a Chief Warrant Officer W-4 in the Naval Reserves for 27 years. He was a faithful and devoted member of the LDS Church, serving in various leadership positions, including bishopric and stake high council. Joe loved the outdoors. He spent many hours working in his yard and on home improvement projects. He gave so much to his family and friends and never expected anything in return. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Joe is survived by his wife; three daughters: Laura (Roger) Collier of Seattle, Debbie Beuchert, Jenny (Fabio) DeMelo both of Holladay; two brothers: Ken (Deanna) and Earl (Alice); four sisters: Alice (Tommy) Smith, Jean Bittler, Lillian (Eckhardt) Prawitt and Pauline (Curt) Hood; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son and daughter and a grandson.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2001 at 12 noon in the Holladay Stake Center, 4568 Holladay Blvd. Friends and family may call on Friday 6-8 p.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Dr. and at the church on Saturday
10:45-11:45 a.m., prior to services.
Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.