|Loving husband and father John C. Bailey, age 59, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2021. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 19, 1962, to Marlyce and Donald Bailey and grew up in Fridley, Minnesota, with his three brothers and parents.
John graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1985, majoring in accounting and German. His studies included six months of study in Germany with a beautiful family that John remained in contact with throughout his life. After dating five years, John married Susan J. Bailey in June of 1985. John and Susan lived in many places during their more than 35 years of marriage and raised two sons (Nicholas Allen and Paul Anthony) and a daughter (Roxanne Rose).
John had a wonderful career in accounting and eventually in IT as a business analyst. Cargill, Inc. in Minnesota was his first employer and afforded him travel to many parts of the world – England, France, Malaysia, Brazil, Amsterdam, Singapore, and Australia, to name a few. He took on a consulting job in Kansas, working for multiple clients throughout the country, then settled into working from Arizona, putting his JD Edwards business analyst skills to great use working for home builder companies initially, and finally as a consultant with a Texas-based company.
John loved music. He played trombone 4th grade to his first year in college, piano from a young age through his final year in college and while in college, learned to play the organ. He loved organ music, and his daily music play list was varied and included everything from hard rock through classical.
John was preceded in death by his parents Don and Marlyce, his brother Ben, and several aunts and uncles. John is survived by his wife Sue; his sons Nic (Ashleigh) and Paul and daughter Roxanne, all of Mesa; brothers Scott and Dave (Michelle); Aunt Marcia Scott of Portland; step-grandchildren Emily and Cooper (Nic and Ashleigh) and multiple, beloved in-laws, nephews, nieces, and much loved friends.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Shirdi Sai Baba Global Services, 12308 Braddock Drive, Culver City, CA (not a non-profit) would be greatly appreciated. This is the spiritual group with whom John felt so blessed to participate, and where he was so proud to lead the Healers Group – his favorite part of the works we do.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 4th, 1-2 PM, immediately followed by a memorial service at A Wise Choice Cremation and Funeral Services, 9702 E Apache Trail, Mesa, AZ 85207. A link will be provided for remote participation.
John was so loved and will be missed by all whose lives he touched – family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances. He will forever be in our hearts.Link for Livestream of services:
10 Comments To "John Bailey"
#1 Comment By Josh Vogel On March 4, 2021 @ 9:01 pm
I worked with John for over 10 years in the IT dept. He is such a wonderful person. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences to the Bailey family.
#2 Comment By Ginny On March 4, 2021 @ 10:11 pm
Wishing the family, and his niece, whom I’m friends with, all the love in the world. I will light a candle for his spirit to have safe travel.
#3 Comment By Su Spoo On March 5, 2021 @ 12:41 am
I am so sorry to hear about John. I’m still in disbelieve. Thank you for sharing the services with us as were unable to attend. Wanted to be there.Always looked forward to seeing you guys every couple weeks as we had for many years.He will be very missed. Prays for you and your family as you move on to your new normal.
#4 Comment By Ann Scott On March 6, 2021 @ 7:55 pm
Dear Sue and Family,
I am so, so, sorry about your loss. My hope for you all is strength, peace, and continued healing and faith.
Love, Cousin Ann
#5 Comment By Karen Nelson Olson On March 10, 2021 @ 8:15 pm
I’m so sorry I never met him! He sounds like a truly self-actualized person, and really nice. It’s ironic because I had just run across his link in a genealogy site and was about to contact him. I am a third cousin, twice removed, I think. I’ve come to genealogy too late to ask questions of my mother and grandmother, and finding other relatives means a lot as I get older. (John’s great-great-grandmother Carrie would have been my great-grand-aunt, my grandma Jennie’s aunt). Anyway, I am so sorry for your loss. What a lovely person he was.
–Karen Nelson Olson, St. Paul, MN