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Donald LeRoy Bayes


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Donald LeRoy Bayes Obituary
Bayes, Donald LeRoy
85, of Peoria, Arizona went home to be with the Lord on April 26, 2016. He was born on March 6, 1931, in a little town that doesn't exist anymore, Ackman, Colorado. He is survived by his sister, Neva June Howland, 4 children, Roger and Connie Bayes, Marty and Marni Bayes, Donna and Carl Bakemeier, and Jim and Juanita Bayes, 13 grand children, Wayne (Melissa) Bayes, Crystal (Kevin) Stewart, Caitlin (Chris) Teza, Andy Bayes, Jonmichael Bayes, Hannah Bayes, Gabby Nunez, Ryan (Ashley) Bakemeier, Susan (Derek) Bowers, Angela (Kevin) Gajer, Michelle (Kurt) Bullock, Cody Bayes, and James Bayes, 5 great grand children, and numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews. We had a great Dad. We would talk a lot -- about a number of things- about the Bible, family, politics, philosophy, surviving being a pastor, woodworking, memories, grandkids, God, heaven. We had great conversations. He was our example of love, fairness, character, love and devotion to his mate, love for the church, importance of family, and impatience with injustice and duplicity. He taught us to drive a truck, to shift without clutching, to change a tire, to skate backwards, to ride a bicycle, to shoot a basketball, to put up a tent, to build a campfire, make toast on a griddle, to drive in sand, and to work with wood. There was no one more willing to help another person in need, even at great personal physical difficulty than our Dad. He loved to explore new places and see new sights. He had a tenacious devotion and love for our mom even in the most difficult times. Most of all he was happiest spending time with his kids and grandkids. But his greatest passion was studying the Bible. Thank you, Dad, for the gift of being our Dad. Services will be held at Apollo Baptist Church, Phoenix, on May 7 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Apollo Baptist Church in Don Bayes' Name.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 4, 2016
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