John Meyer
1941 - 2020
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John Meyer

Phoenix - John Arthur Anthony Meyer of Phoenix, Arizona, 79 slipped into the loving arms of God December 17, 2020. He was born April 7, 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Clement and Harriet Meyer. John was one of 7 children and the oldest of three boys. As a boy John delivered the Milwaukee Journal newspaper and advanced from newspaper deliverer to Station then district manager and truck driver earning money to attend Marquette University High School and Marquette University. He completed his undergraduate degree in accounting at Marquette University and worked for a year at Price Waterhouse. John lived a life of service. He entered the Peace Corps and spent two years helping to set up credit unions for teachers in Ecuador. Returning to the U.S. he spent three years preparing for the priesthood with the Maryknoll Fathers during which he earned a Masters Degree in Theology. After making the decision to not go further in his training for the priesthood he left the seminary. In 1970 John moved to Phoenix, AZ and was married to his beloved wife of 50 plus years Mary Ann (Welsh) and began what was a lifetime of ministry in the Catholic Church. He served as Director of Catechetics for one year for both St. Maria Gorretti's parish and St . Joseph's parishes. Subsequently he served only at St. Joseph's parish. He was ordained a permanent deacon in 1973 and ministered in this capacity at St. Joseph's parish until he was reassigned to St. Bernadette's parish and then to St. Patrick's parish in Scottsdale. He was also very active in Ecumenism and Interfaith ministry. John completed a Masters degree in Religious Education in 1977 at Seattle University. In 1981 he was made Diocesan Director of Religious Education for the Roman Catholic diocese of Phoenix and served in this position for 25 years until he retired June 1, 2006. His passion was the formation of lay leadership in the field of Catechetics. He also served on several regional and international Catechetical boards. Based on his personal experience belonging to two small faith communities he strongly encouraged their formation. After retiring, John and Mary Ann gathered together a group of like-minded people and formed a local Maryknoll Affiliates group. John was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Marilyn Garcia. John was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, faithful friend and mentor to many. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, his two children, Peter (Michelle) daughter Maureen (Manuel) and five Grandchildren: Diana, Anthony, Emiliano, Kyle, and Matias as well as his siblings Mariette (Frank), Sr. Maureen, MM., James (Sue), Joseph (Judy), and Miriam (Richard). He will be sorely missed by family, and many friends whose lives he touched with his warmth, gentleness, caring and listening heart. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Community on June 25, 2021 at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Community, 10815 N. 84th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85260. The Maryknoll Sisters, PO Box 311, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311. Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, PO Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Please visit ShadowMountainMortuary to leave condolences for John's family.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jun. 6 to Jun. 20, 2021.
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