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In Memory of

Joseph Mayer

September 1, 1931 - June 10, 2012

Obituary


Joseph Mayer (John Richard), 80, died peacefully Sunday, June 10, 2012 in Ventura and has gone to his "wonderful place." Joseph was born September 1, 1931 in Los Angeles, California and moved to Ventura in 1971.
He attended local schools in Los Angeles where he enjoyed playing sports. In high school he was a member of the swimming, gymnastics and football teams. At Garfield High School he was captain of and played half-back on the football team, twice player of the week and helped the Bulldogs win a 1948 championship.
After high school...

Joseph Mayer (John Richard), 80, died peacefully Sunday, June 10, 2012 in Ventura and has gone to his "wonderful place." Joseph was born September 1, 1931 in Los Angeles, California and moved to Ventura in 1971.
He attended local schools in Los Angeles where he enjoyed playing sports. In high school he was a member of the swimming, gymnastics and football teams. At Garfield High School he was captain of and played half-back on the football team, twice player of the week and helped the Bulldogs win a 1948 championship.
After high school Joseph attended East Los Angeles Junior College where he continued playing football and was co-captain of the team. After graduation he enlisted in the Army and sent to Fort Ord, and completed his military police training in San Francisco. He was sent to Korea by troop-ship in 1953 as a military patrolman in the company's 57th Military Police. There he was assigned to a POW camp consisting of North Korean Officers and also several small villages in the DMZ area.
Following his return to the United States and Los Angeles in 1954, he completed his education and attained a master's degree in education. He taught primary grades in the Los Angeles area until his move to Ventura. In Ventura, he purchased a lot close to the beach designing and building his home. One of his interests was art and he was able to teach that subject in middle school for the Oxnard School District until his retirement in 1986.
Having a fascination with hypnotism, he enrolled in the Hypnotism Institute of California in Glendale, California for training and became certified as a master in hypnosis by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. He continually furthered his education in that field for many years.
Developing an interest in Jewelry design, Joseph enrolled at the Gemology Institute of America in Santa Monica, where he excelled in diamond and colored stone grading and gem identification. His modernistic design of a cuff bracelet watch with gemstones was featured in a showcase exhibition of jewelry manufacturing. From GIA he earned his diploma in Jewelry Manufacturing and Design where he also designed and made his wife her engagement ring.
Joseph enjoyed sports, especially swimming, bodysurfing and windsurfing as well as snow skiing.
Joseph leaves his wife Mary Lou and her family that he loved; her son Tom, his wife Tommie and their children Vanessa and Steven, all of Santa Barbara; son John and his wife Tracye and their children Jordyn and Hope, all of Castle Rock, Colorado; daughter Jennifer Street, her husband Chuck and their children Chance and J.T. all of Cedar City, Utah; sister-in-law, Eileen Howitt of Santa Barbara; his mother-in-law, Mary David of Oak View, whom he loved and always looked forward to her chili verde and tamale pie. His children from his first marriage that he missed and loved, Eric and his son Shaun; daughter Laura Butler her husband, Keith and their son Christopher. Joseph also leaves his brother, Howard of Cucamonga and his dear sister, Frances Brizinski of Huntington Beach. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Marie Mayer, and his oldest sister Della.
We the family thank the Ventura Convalescent Center for the wonderful care and kindness shown to Joseph, and Vitas Hospice Care for helping Joseph to remain comfortable.
Joseph believed in the teachings of Buddha "Bhaddekaratta Sutta" translated by Tich Nhat Hanh.
The Better Way to Live. Do not pursue the past. Do not lose yourself in the future. The past no longer is. The future has not yet come. Looking deeply at life as it is in the very here and now. The practitioner dwells in stability and freedom. We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it? The sage calls a person who knows how to dwell in mindfulness night and day, "ONE WHO KNOWS THE BETTER WAY TO LIVE."
Family will be planning a "Celebration of Life" at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3150 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Condolences may be left at TedMayrFuneralHome.com.