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Joe Vance Andersen

Joe Vance Andersen, age 81, died Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at his home in Mesa, Arizona, after battling cancer for 3 years.

Joe was born on May 20, 1938, in Mesa, Arizona to Thomas and Marva Andersen.  He was the fifth of their ten children.

Joe farmed wheat and alfalfa with his Dad on their farm in Chandler, Arizona. He lettered in basketball, baseball, and tennis at Chandler High School, graduating in 1956.

From 1958 to 1960, Joe served a mission to Guatemala for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This led to a life-long love for the people and history of Meso-America.

Joe graduated from ASU law school in 1970 and practiced law in Chandler until 1984, when he sold his practice and created a large pistachio farm northwest of Wickenburg, Arizona.

He married LueDean Hills on September 4, 1963. Together they raised ten children.  They have 43 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. One of the highlights of their life together was the mission they served together at the Family History Mission in Salt Lake City in 2013.

LueDean passed away on July 24, 2018.

Joe was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where he served in a number of leadership and scouting positions, influencing the lives of many young men for good.

His family said of him, ”We love his energetic nature, kind heart, common sense, and the way he can tell us like it is.  We deeply miss him.”

His children (and spouses) are Vance (Allyson Walters),

Marva Lynn (David Bear), Rob (Tori Spratling), John (Magaly Quintero), Ann, Tom (Darcy Carr), Jeff (Brooke Allred), Stephanie (Alan Underwood), Kathryn (Boyd Newsom), and Michelle (Dave Smyth).

Joe’s surviving siblings are Vonda (Orval Skousen), Darlene, Jeep (Pat), Marilyn (Jim Freeman), Tommie Sue (Craig Wright).

Services will be held this Saturday August 24th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building at 2339 South Crismon Road, Mesa, AZ.  The viewing is from 2-3:30 P.M. The Funeral is at 4 P.M. The interment will take place on Monday, August 26th at 10 am at Double Butte Cemetery in Tempe, Arizona.


  • Clarke Waldon Posted August 22, 2019 12:37 AM

    A great and kind and selfless man who left us a legacy of gospel love. You will be missed, Brother Joe!

  • Sandra Eyring Clawson Posted August 22, 2019 8:32 AM

    Another dear Andersen gone! The Andersen family were one of our closest in Chandler (the next fam half a mile away!). Marva would sometimes stop to visit with my Mom when returning home. My siblings and I loved to play “Run Sheepie Run” with the Andersen children! I enjoy climbing the very tall trees by the side of their house. My Mother said she wished one of her daughters would marry one of the Andersen boys! It never happened!

    • Tommie Sue Wright Posted August 29, 2019 4:37 AM

      Sandran , This is Tommie Sue, Joes Sister, Thanks for y our comments about the family and about Joe. You were great neighbors and friends. Glad to know you are still alive. Hope all is well with you and yours I guess we are at that age where so many of our family has graduated to a higher degree.

  • Rob Finder Posted August 22, 2019 8:47 AM

    Joe was one of my young men’s advisors when I was a youth. He had a profound impact on my life. I remember the summer he took all of us boys to Wendon to plant thousands of pistachio seedlings. That is an experience, among others, I will never forget. A great man with a great family and legacy.

  • Tad Kern Posted August 22, 2019 9:10 AM

    You can tell the measure of a good man by the family he has raised and by the kindness, compassion and love in their hearts. Judging by that, he must have been a GREAT man. God Bless.

  • Bob and Darlene Noel Posted August 22, 2019 9:55 AM

    Joe was a lifelong friends from high school until his passing. He and his wife LuDean were special friends during the early years of marriage. Our prayers and thoughts are with their faoat this time.

  • Ortiz Posted August 22, 2019 5:19 PM

    Very nice man new him as a kid played baseball for his team nothing to be sad about had a great life good man.

  • Ron Noel Posted August 22, 2019 5:43 PM

    He was my priest adviser and softball coach. We had lots of good times . He was an awesome leader

  • Wendy Bigler Farmer Posted August 23, 2019 5:19 AM

    I an so thankful my life was touched by Brother Andersen. He taught me to stand in my beliefs and to be proud of my life. He helped me find my way in the gospel and to find joy in the journey. Bro. Andersen, thank you so much. I am a better person because of my association with you. My deepest sympathies to your family.

  • Naomi Ellsworth Posted August 23, 2019 10:37 AM

    I’m so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. He was a great guy. He played on the softball team with Bill and they had a good time in Chandler second Ward. The Anderson’s have been very close friends to me. Joe’s mother, Marva, ask me to be with her in the Relief Society presidency when I was very young. I send my love to all of you.

  • Valeria Garrido Posted August 24, 2019 5:04 AM

    Gracias por compartir su historia, un amado hijo de Dios que ahora goza de su presencia. Bendiciones y abrazos para toda su familia.

  • Bruce Brierley Posted August 24, 2019 9:30 AM

    My friend and business partner. “The Joe Man”, you will be missed. Joe touched are lives years back when he first met him. We did a 7 year lease back on a building in Murray. Joe seemed as strait from heaven on a mission and very comfortable with just a few minutes to size us up and his investment. He made us feel good like we were born to succeed and that there was no question his money was safe with us. We think he was an angel then and most certainly is now. Lots of Love- The Brierleys-

  • Colleen Jones (Cluff) Posted August 24, 2019 5:59 PM

    Joe served as a counselor to my dad in the Spanish Branch when I was a little girl. I remember spending a great deal of time at there house. He and his wife were very kind and my parents thought the world of them. My love and prayers go out for the family at this time❤️

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