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Dear Classes of 1982, 1984, 1988, 2006 and 2008:

This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of Joseph V. Mayer on Sunday, Aug. 21st.

Joseph was the father of Blaise Mayer ('82), Julie Mayer, Matt Mayer ('88) and the grandfather of Joey Kramer ('06) and Tara Kramer ('08).




Joseph Vinsel Mayer, 78 of Bemidji, MN died on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 pm, on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, MN with Fr. Don Braukmann officiating. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service.

He was born January 22, 1938 in Kenmare, ND, the son of Mary and Unk Mayer. He spent most of his life growing up in Bemidji where he attended St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Bemidji High school and graduated from Bemidji State University. He was a true athlete playing every sport you could think of; but golf and basketball were his passions. He was inducted into the BHS Hall of Fame and ND Golf Hall of Fame. He married MaraLee Eichman November 25, 1961. He served with the US Marine Corp for 4 years based in San Diego, CA. After college he taught school and coached basketball in Moose Lake, MN for 3 years before moving to California for a year. They moved back to St. Peter, MN to teach and coach. They lived in Fargo for 30 years where he was a manufacturing rep. After he retired they built their home on Big Wolf Lake, MN in 1999.

He is survived by his loving wife MaraLee; 3 children Blaise, Julie (Steve) and Matt (Heidi); 6 grandchildren Tara, Joey, Tanner, Parker, Liam and Chance and his sister Mary Ann (Mike) and their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Tommy and niece Kris Janse.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to BSU and BHS athletics or Special Olympics.

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