Joseph F. Bridgman, Jr.
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June 19, 1951
April 19, 2014
Joseph Bridgman, Jr., dedicated husband, father, son, brother, and friend, passed away on April 19, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Joe was born in Reno, Nevada, on June 19, 1951, to Joseph and Anna Bridgman. A lifelong Reno resident, he attended Jessie Beck Elementary School, Billinghurst Junior High, and graduated from Reno High School in 1969. He earned an Associate Degree in Systems Management from Reno Business College in 1972. Joe went on to attend University of Nevada, Reno, and graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He also served in the Air National Guard, specializing in aerial photography.
Joe worked as a computer programmer for many years at NCR, Swift Newspapers, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board, but his most rewarding career move was spending the past twelve years as a full-time dad.
Joe had a passion for sports. He was an accomplished bowler in high school, earning an opportunity to compete nationally in Washington, D.C. However, his favorite pastime was baseball. He grew up playing baseball from Little League through high school, and he was an avid San Francisco Giants fan for over 50 years. Joe passed the love of baseball on to his children. As a father, he coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball teams, kept score, and worked the snack bar. Joe also held the position of Treasurer for Washoe Little League and Babe Ruth, as well as holding other positions on the Little League Board of Directors. He later became the voice of the Damonte Ranch High School varsity baseball team. In honor of Joe's extensive volunteer efforts for the Washoe Little League, the league recently dedicated Field Two of the South Valley Regional Sports Complex to Joe Bridgman and Family.
Joe co-founded the Damonte Ranch Youth Basketball League in 2003 to provide children with an equal opportunity to develop basketball skills and to learn good teamwork and sportsmanship. This program has enriched the lives of over 3,200 South Reno boys and girls.
Joe's volunteer efforts reached from sports venues to the classroom and to his church. He was very involved in education, working as a substitute teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. He also published the Pleasant Valley school newsletter and authored much of its content for several years. Likewise, Joe shared his enthusiastic, giving nature with Hope Community Church, for which he donated much of his time helping his fellow community members.
Joe is survived by his wife, Dana; four children, Jill, Justin, Jordan, and Jana; mother, Anna; sister, Jo Ann; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.
All who loved Joe are invited to join his family for a celebration of his life on Monday, April 28, 2014, at 5:00pm, at Hope Community Church, located at 755 Trademark Drive, Reno, NV 89521.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Joe's name to: Hope Community Church Benevolence Fund, 755 Trademark Drive, Reno, NV 89521, or to MD Anderson Cancer Center at www.mdanderson.org
Please visit www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com to share a memory of Joe.
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Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Apr. 26, 2014