BOULDER — Joseph D. Bauer, 63, passed away Dec. 5, 2012, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena.

Joe was born Feb. 28, 1949, in Townsend to Clarence and Katie (Hale) Bauer. Shortly after, the family moved to Clancy, where he was raised on the family ranch. Joe attended grade school in Clancy and later graduated from Jefferson High School in Boulder. He then began working on various ranches in the community. Joe later worked as a logger and then worked as a heavy equipment operator on highway construction projects and in the mining field. He was forced to retire early due to health issues.

Joe loved boxing and horseshoe pitching. There was not a more competitive soul ever. He enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, the outdoors and rodeos. Joe served on the Jefferson County Rodeo Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bill Bauer and Casey Bauer; and an infant daughter, Tammy.

Survivors include his daughter, Amanda; sons, Joe and Jeremy; two granddaughters; brothers, Ed (Elaine) Bauer of Mesquite, Nev., Dan (Malla) Bauer of Livingston and Chuck (Kay) Steele of Manhattan; sisters, Kathy (Monty) DeMers of Jefferson City, Sally (Curt) Griffis of Whitehall and Virginia Lane of Auburn, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials are preferred to the Jefferson County Rodeo Association or to St. Peter’s Hospice.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. at the K&L Mortuary Chapel in Boulder with the Rev. Waveland King officiating. Interment will follow in the Boulder Cemetery.

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