May 27, 1936-Feb. 3, 2018
On Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, Joe Nevin passed away in Tucson, Arizona.
The youngest of three children born to Jewel and Harold Nevin, Joe made his appearance on this earth May 27, 1936 in Butte, Montana. After graduating from Boys Central High School, he attended the Montana School of Mines before entering the Army where he was stationed in Germany. Upon his return to the states, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Montana.
In January 1962, Joe married the nursing student who stole his heart, Marilyn Jensen, and they raised two children: Julie (Philip Suek), and Rick Nevin. Family was the center of his existence and Joe was the proud grandfather of Thomas Joseph "TJ" (Blair), Jonathan and Alison. Joe is also survived by his beloved sister, Margaret Bossard; and his deeply loved and very special nieces and nephews: Julie Norman, Janice Elliott, Brian Bossard, Dona Ball, Dan Riley, David Riley and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his cherished wife, Marilyn, and treasured sister, Jean Riley, along with much-loved brother-in-law, Floyd Bossard.
Professionally, Joe began his employment with Mountain Bell and spent 30 years with the Bell System where he had various management assignments within Montana, Colorado, New York, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona, where he finally settled. After retiring from the Bell System, Joe spent a decade each as the executive director of the Pima Community College Foundation and director of the Goodwill Foundation.
Intent on sharing the knowledge and experience gained over his lifetime, Joe was known to mentor and guide many individuals he met through his work with Pima Community College, University of Arizona, Goodwill and Rotary International. Committed to his community he was deeply involved in funding-raising for the Catholic Diocese of Southern Arizona, Community Food Bank, United Way of Tucson, and YMCA. The Rotary was a personal priority with Joe; he was a life-long active member.
Highly recognized as a civic leader, Joe received numerous awards and honors from community organizations and boards upon which he served. Joe was a recipient of the Orville McPhearson Annual Award. Joe was a multiple recipient of the Paul Harris Fellows, and his financial contributions helped other Rotarians receive their Paul Harris Fellows, as well.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Tucson. Late May the Rite of Committal will be in the Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum in Butte, Montana. Joe's love of Montana never faded and he continued to spend summers "back home".
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation, 3900 E. Timrod St., Suite #4, Tucson, Arizona 85711; the Butte Emergency Food Bank or a charity of your choice.