Joel Bauer
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Joel Fletcher Bauer was born on June 17, 1953, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Joel lived in New Orleans and Crowley, Louisiana, Ellisville, Mississippi and Houston, Texas before moving overseas to The Hague, The Netherlands. He returned to Houston, Texas, graduated from Bellaire High School, and attended the University of Houston. He traveled extensively in Europe while living there and later visiting his parents in Southeast Asia.
Joel was a popular student and remembered as a fierce competitor in baseball and football. He was on the Bellaire HS diving team and played hockey in high school. As a young child, Joel was fun, mischievous and always had a happy, laughing spirit. Joel loved sports; quickly excelling at each one he tried. When his friends wanted to get together a sandlot game, Joel was the first one called and if Joel were coming, everyone would follow.
In his early twenties, Joel was stricken with schizophrenia. He lived the last thirty years of his life at Discovery 4, a facility for patients where he could come and go freely in Los Angeles, California. He always talked of his friends from his high school and college years in Houston.
Joel was preceded in death by his father, Nathan E. Bauer and survived by his mother, Mary Alice F. Bauer of Wimberley, Texas; and siblings Dr. Nathan E. Bauer, Jr. and wife, Rhonda of College Station, Texas; Gwen McLeod and husband Angus of San Antonio, Texas; Dr. Jill Gabrielsen and husband Ed of Norway, Maine; and numerous nephews, nieces, aunts, and uncles.
He died peacefully on April 16th of lung cancer in San Antonio. A private memorial will be held for the immediate family at a later date.


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Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 17, 2011.
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April 29, 2011
Joel was a great friend to us in Holland during the 1960's. I remember him on the bus ride to Paris, a trip sponsored by The American International School of The Hague, where we attended school together. We sang all the way, with Joel leading the chorus. And I recall that Joel volunteered in helping all the girls in our 9th grade class learn how to slow dance--He was a warm and kind boy, with a wonderful sense of humor. He will always be with me, and with all of us who knew him and loved him when we lived so far from our own country, when all we really knew of home was one another. Godspeed, old friend.
Lisa Marderosian-Saleski
April 19, 2011
I was in the same class as Joel in The Hague. We were in 8th & 9th grade together. On behalf of my classmates in The Hague, I offer our condolences to the Bauer family. We know that Joel is in a better place.
Geoffrey Gibbs
April 19, 2011
Bauer Family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your brother/uncle. Although we never met Joel, I'm sure he was a good man if he was anything at all like his brother, Nate.
Joanne and Joseph Orozco
April 18, 2011
I can't recall any time Joel didn't have a smile on his face.
Mike Keenan
April 18, 2011
I'd know Joel since the third grade. My best memories are playing football with him in front of Lovett Elementary and at the Pilgrim Lutheran. Joel played football the same way he lived life...fearlessly and unrelenting. Whether Joel was on your team or the opposing team, he made you take your game to a higher level. He was a good dude. Rest in peace, Joel
Sam Jones
April 18, 2011
I'd known Joel since the third grade. My best memories are playing football with him in front of Lovett Elementary and the Pilgrim Lutheran. Joel played football the same way he lived his life...fearlessly and unrelenting. Whether he was on your team or the opposing team, he always made you take your game to the next level. Rest in peace, Joel
Sam Jones
April 18, 2011
I'd known Joel since the third grade. My best memories are playing football with him at the Pilgrim Lutheran and in front of Lovett Elementary. Joel played football the same way he lived life...fearlessly and unrelenting. Whether Joel was on your team or the opposing team, he made you take your game to the next level. Rest in peace, Joel.
Sam Jones
April 17, 2011
I knew Joel as a young teen while we were both living in The Netherlands and when our families both moved back to Houston. He was a great guy to be around and I am saddened deeply by his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his Mom, Nate, Gwen and Jill and their respective families.
Conner Bishop
April 17, 2011
In my time with Joel I knew him as an indomitable spirit living life to its fullest. We were all called to a higher level of engagement in life when Joel entered the scene. But life isn't fair and in the case of Joel, of all people, life took an unexpected turn. We are all the better from having known Joel...
Chris Jefferies
April 17, 2011
I will never forget the Lovett sand lot games and all the fun I had with Joel and Nate, Pat and Mike Keenan. I wish Joel peace.
Mark Overmiller
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