Bill May

  • "Love you Dad, and miss you everyday. You were the second..."
    - Billy May
  • "I feel privileged to have known Bill, a good friend and..."
    - Jim Combs
  • "Dear Sally, I know you are missing your sweet father. Know..."
    - Connie Burd
  • "God Bless you Sally and your family, may you enjoy all the..."
    - Sharon Woodard
  • "Dearest Cherry and, Bill, the children and..."

May, Bill
passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on March 2, 2013. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Arizona when he was thirteen. Bill graduated from Coronado High School. He attended Grand Canyon University and received his bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. Bill was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, grandfather, friend, neighbor, and mentor to all that crossed his path. Bill was a patriot and loved his country immensely. He had a sense of humor like no other and loved to laugh. You never grew tired of his captivating stories no matter how many times they were told. Bill inspired all that knew him. In every aspect of his life, he never let obstacles hold him back which led to many adventures and terrific memories. He lived his life to the fullest and enjoyed being outdoors. Bill loved the game of baseball. His St. Louis Cardinals were number one, but he had to make room in his heart for the Arizona Diamondbacks once they came to town. Bill was also passionate about Arizona, the Old West, and American History. Bill took his family on numerous vacations, including history lessons along the way. Bill also had a special place in his heart for animals. He was known to bring home a stray dog or cat to be part of the family. Bill is survived by his wife of 46 years, his four children, two son-in-laws, a daughter-in-law, his seven beautiful grandchildren, his mother, and two brothers. His family will miss him dearly, but find comfort knowing that he is with his Lord, Jesus Christ. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at Lakeshore Mortuary, 1815 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ 85202 Saturday, March 9th, 2013 at 11:00 am. There will be a visitation from 10:00am-11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Bill May to Boyce Thompson Arboretum ( or Arizona Humane Society (

Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 6, 2013
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