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Charles "Bob" Robert (Jr.) Joy
May 11, 1948 ~ August 7, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Charles Robert (Bob) Joy, Jr., loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away at the age of 75 peacefully in his sleep Monday, August 7, 2023, at his home in Sun City West, AZ. He had suffered greatly during the past two years from the effects of congestive heart failure. He was a well-known storyteller and jokester.
Bob was born May 11, 1948, in Prescott, AZ to Charlie and Nina Farnsworth Joy, baby brother to Charlene Joy Baker and Charlotte Joy Hall. He attended 13 different elementary schools and finally moved in with a friend for high school because he was a gifted athlete and played football at Paradise Valley High School. While in high school he was selected to attend Boys State. From there he attended Dixie College in St. George, UT on a football scholarship and was also president of the rodeo club. He then went on to Arizona State University to play football and graduated, in 1971, with degrees in both Agricultural Economics and Engineering.
Although Bob's father, Charlie, worked mostly in construction, they always had animals, and for several years, as Charlie was an excellent horse trainer, they raced thoroughbreds all over the western United States. Growing up in such an environment, Bob worked several different part-time farm jobs and punched cattle from time to time to earn extra money, so he had experience with farming and livestock.
While attending Dixie College he met and married his first love, Katie Brooks. They had two beautiful girls, Wendy and Stephanie. After losing Katie and Stephanie in a tragic accident, Bob married Roxanne Striker, and the Joy family moved to St. George, UT where there was some family history for the children to build on. Meanwhile, Bob built custom homes and coached football at Dixie College for about five years as the Defensive Coordinator under Head Coach, Greg Croshaw. Bob also taught several classes and occasionally taught continuing education classes to small business owners and managers from the greater St. George area, emphasizing sound business practices and financial management.
Bob worked in the heavy highway construction industry. He started as a member of the laborers, carpenters, and the operating engineers unions from a very young age. In late 1988, he became a part owner and managing principal of a small general contracting company. Bob was able to grow the company from 18 employees and $500,000/year to an average of 150 employees and over $27 million/year gross in just eight years. He then was self-employed doing construction consulting, specializing in constructability, phasing, scheduling, earthwork, structures, airports, and more.
Also during these years, Bob was elected to the board of directors of the Arizona chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Over the years he progressed through all the seats on the board until, in the year 2000, he was made Chairman and CEO. In addition to the local work, he also served as a member of the AGC National Board of Directors. It was in that capacity that Bob and Roxanne often visited Washington D.C. to represent the industry to United State Senators, Representatives and, on one occasion, Vice President Dick Cheney.
In the mid 2000s, Bob and Roxanne's love of hunting led them to part ownership in a hunting/fishing television show, where Bob filmed and produced shows in various locations across America, and in Africa and New Zealand.
From 2014-16 Bob and his sweet wife, Roxanne, served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Portland, OR. There they served together as the JustServe coordinator and the mission nurse, respectively.
Bob is preceded in death by: his parents, Charlie Joy and Nina Joy; his first wife Katie Brooks Joy; his daughter Stephanie Clare Joy; and brother-in-law, Jim Baker. Bob leaves behind his wife, Roxanne Striker Joy; sisters Charlene Baker, Charlotte (Lou) Hall, Connie Brooks and Julie Brooks; and children Wendy Joy (Loren) Howe, Erin Joy, Matthew (Jennifer) Joy; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
If sending flowers for the Memorial Service please have your florist deliver them to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 23391 N. 166th Dr., Surprise, AZ 85387 between 9:00 am - 9:45 am.