Joseph William Bishop, 83, passed away on July 4, 2016 after a brief illness. Joe was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 20, 1933 to Verl William and Elva Bezzant Bishop. He grew up out in the “country,” his idyllic boyhood Cottonwood home. He loved telling stories of his adventures exploring the woods with his buddies. After graduating from Granite High School in 1951, Joe attended the University of Utah where he reported that he “majored in pinball,” skipped class to ski, and nearly flunked out. He then enlisted in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was proud to serve his country aboard the USS Carpenter, a destroyer ship, and was later stationed in Guam and Japan. One of his favorite stories of this time was playing alongside several Major League ballplayers with the championship winning All-Navy Baseball Team. Following his honorable discharge, Joe returned to the U where he excelled in his studies and enjoyed his association with Sigma Alpha Epsilon. During this time, he also met his sweetheart, Mavis Baker, on a blind date. She loved his bright mind, his keen sense of humor, and his polite manners. They married on January 6, 1962 and later solemnized their marriage in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. After graduating, Joe began his career with UDOT. Within a few years, he took a position in Cedar City as the District Materials Engineer for District 5. He loved his work, and was a part of many highway projects in Utah and Arizona. When off the clock, he loved exploring the geology of Southern Utah and teaching others about its unique and beautiful formations. Joe was a devoted member of the LDS church, serving in many capacities: he was Bishop Bishop twice (in his home ward and an SUU ward), a counselor in the Cedar Stake presidency, a member of the High Council in two stakes, and recently, the Ward Clerk. He also affected the lives of many young men as a Mutual and Scout leader and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for his contributions to the Boy Scouts. He especially enjoyed serving as an ordinance worker in the St. George Temple for nearly ten years. In recent years, Joe enjoyed his association with the Sons of the Utah Pioneers and served them in many positions, including Chapter President and Area President. Above all, Joe loved his family and spending time with them. A great supporter, he attended hundreds of concerts, ball games, performances, and recitals both as Dad and Grandpa Joe. He loved time at Woods Ranch and Zion, family picnics and vacations, working in the yard, neighborhood get-togethers, holding babies, evaluating rock finds, reading the paper, old cowboy songs, cheering on the Braves and Jazz and Utes, and time with his grandkids. Nothing made him happier than a gathering in his backyard, “the most beautiful place in the world.” We will miss you so much, Grandpa Joe. We know you lived a good, fulfilling, and happy life. You left with loved ones surrounding you and we know you met a happy reunion of those who love you and have waited long for you on the other side. Joe was preceded in death by his wife Mavis, daughters Barbara and Sara, his sister Margaret, and his parents. He is survived by his sister Mary Jane Siddoway of Lehi; his children—Melissa (Eric) Leavitt of Cedar City; Clark (Denise) Bishop of Kingman, AZ; Marci Bishop of Salt Lake City; and Juliann (Kemp) Gorman of Austin, TX; his grandchildren—Cameron (Jami) Leavitt, Ian (Kendra) Leavitt, Geoffrey Leavitt, Mary Jane (Mitchell) Rechter, Sadie Leavitt, William Leavitt, Angie (Tod) Kemper, Alicia Arciga, Virgil Gorman, and August Gorman; and his great-grandchildren—Raven, Ximena, Remy, Isaiah, Vincent, Avelaka, Afton, Graham, and Isabel. And Ira—although he’d say “That dog is NOT my grandchild.” Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Cedar Rock Church (75 E Center St, Cedar City, UT). Friends may call Friday evening at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N 300 W, Cedar City, UT) from 6-8:00 pm. A viewing will be held Saturday morning at the mortuary from 11:30 am -12:30 pm. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.