To watch a delayed webcasting of Joe's service CLICK HERE\n\nDr. Joseph Frederic Myers, a legend in the Tucson Oncology community, lost a 12 year-long battle to Stage 4 Cancer on Monday, October 18th, 2021 at the age of 80. He died at his home with his wife Sharon and daughter Jessica Raths by his side.\n\n \n\nJoe was born in Monte Vista, Colorado, to Byron and Anna Christine (Foxworthy) Myers, joining siblings Dan, Martha, Margaret, Mary Helen, and brother Jim who soon followed. He left Monte Vista to obtain a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Adams State University, with studies at University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University and Fresno State University in California. He completed a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Washington, and completed post-doctorate work at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. While pursuing his PhD, he took the opportunity for an exchange program with the University of Florence, Italy making many life-long friends.\n\n \n\nHis professional career brought him to 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota where he began his work as an R&D Chemist, and ultimately engaged in research in photolithographic chemistry to improve printing, in which field he obtained a patent. Work in that discipline brought him back to Genoa, Italy for another year, where he was able to help transfer the research and technology to manufacturing in Italy. He ultimately became a technical manager for the company performing division research audits to gauge viability of their R&D projects they were working on, which was work he really enjoyed. \n\n \n\nOne of the many passions in Joe's life was spending time in the mountains. Every year you could find him on at least one week-long trip of backpacking and downhill skiing somewhere in the world. While living in Canada, every weekend was off to places like Algonquin Park for portage canoe trips. And on the first year in Italy, the entire summer was spent camping throughout Europe and visiting friends in Eastern Europe. Sharon's sister Phyllis, her then husband Dr. Jerry Nelson and children Scott, Terri and Cindy joined in for part of the adventure. Seeing all 8 people climb out of the Volkswagen hatchback, with bags piled high atop could have been a scene in National Lampoon's movie Vacation. \n\n \n\nWhile in Washington, many fond memories were made with Sharon's sister Joyce and her family Dr. Dave Grauman, Arthur, Tom, Allison, and Nancy. Joe became known for his Old Weird Harold ghost stories that would scare the daylights out of the younger kids. Then there was the famous night with Joe and Sharon watching both Phil and Joyce's kids and someone had the idea to make luminaria style kites with candles inside promptly setting one of the trees above the house on fire. \n\n \n\nHighlights of life in Minnesota, included The German Sitting Marching Band, as well as the Forest Lake City Marching band playing trombone. This meant every Fourth of July Joe would first march the parade in his City Band Uniform then change clothes to Lederhosen to ride on the truck to be the sitting marching band.\n\n \n\nWhile on a camping trip in Wisconsin, Joe and Sharon bought a cabin to get out of the rain. Over the next ten years, weekends were always spent at the cabin. On that lake Joe learned to water ski, cross country ski and snow mobile. \n\n \n\nAt age 50, Joe decided to conquer running marathons. He competed in several over time even competing in the grueling cross-country Birkebeiner annual event held in Wisconsin. \n\n \n\nUpon retiring at 3M, Joe and Sharon bought a house in Durango, Colorado and one in Tucson Arizona, to be closer to Joe's family. Joe's older brother Dan and his wife Camille would invite extended family to annual reunions in Monte Vista, and they would treat 20 to 40-some family members including brother Jim and Linda Myers from Idaho Falls, sister Martha and husband Andy (George) Hull from Arizona, Joe and Sharon and many of the cousins, grandchildren and great grandchildren. \n\n \n\nDuring the treatments between Denver and Tucson over the last 10 years, Joe and Sharon spent two years with his daughter Jessica and his three Grand Children JP, Noah & Maddie. Many hours were spent shuttling kids to their various sporting activities, including the infamous track program which the boys did not enjoy, and always put Grandpa to sleep. He was very proud of all three children and enjoyed pairing up with them on our Holiday family "Chopped" cooking competitions. Maddie and her Grandpa crushed the competition by combining their mystery ingredients for a dessert in March of 2021 for Christmas in Tucson alla Covid. Jenni and Noah were soundly defeated by what Dad and Maddie assigned them for mystery ingredients for their appetizer: A can of baked beans from on top of the dryer and pickles. Ack.\n\n \n\nJoe was a founding member of the Anza Society, an association of fellow history buffs interested in the life and times of 18th Century Spanish soldier and explorer Juan Batista de Anza who was a Presidio Captain in Tucson and first governor of New Mexico. He led the first settlers to California to settle the Bay area. Joe enjoyed exploring the old historical routes and would spend hours with other "Anzaholics" debating the location of certain sites identified in Anza's diary. The highlight of his years in Arizona was the annual Anza Conference where he would get together with other historians and present his research completed the previous year. Over twenty years of concentrated study of the 18th Century he became a very accomplished historian. and had in mind to write a historical fiction novel bringing much of this story to life. (Anza Society, Inc. | Understanding the life and times of Juan Bautista de Anza). \n\n \n\nSharon recently asked Joe, of all the things they've done together, which have been his favorite memories. Without hesitation he said the years in Italy. Time spent with all the wonderful Italian and Czech friends on mushroom and boar hunts; at a party being introduced to eating "little birds" right off the spit; learning how to prepare a proper boar meal with the Giugurta family; the incredible Christmas celebrations in one of the remote mountain towns; hiking in the northern mountains of Northern Italy; the Germany and Austria trip with tours of the Salt Mines, Hitler's Eagle's Nest, and the mineral spas; and stopping at every house in the Italian countryside with a tower to see if they'd let Joe and Jenni climb to the top; gathering chestnuts from the forests and sharing the American traditions of Halloween Haunted Houses and Thanksgiving. \n\n \n\nOnce Joe was diagnosed with cancer, one of the tests they gave him was to sit in a chair then stand without using any help with his hands. The goal was to see how many times he could repeat that activity, and after he was sitting and standing consecutively over 3 minutes, the astonished team said, okay, you can stop. Twelve years later, he ran out of things to try to manage the growth of the cancer. Throughout the years of surgeries, chemo, radiation, ablations, and new medical trials Joe kept up his spirits, travelling, participating in the Anza society, writing his book and making many new memories with friends and family. With so many more things left he wanted to achieve and experience; it was tough for all of us realizing he'd come to the end of the runway. \n\n \n\nJoe is survived by wife Sharon, daughter Jennifer (Max, Dustin, Tyler and Katie) Scholfield, daughter Jessica Raths and her children Joseph Phillip Raths, Noah Raths, and Madison Raths. A celebration of life will be held in Tucson on December 4th. Donations in Joe's name to the Anza Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family in lieu of flowers. Contact Dave Jeffries at [email protected] to find out more information for how to make that happen. \n\n \n\nJoe's was a life well lived, and he will be missed by many.