Israel “Iz” Joseph Bateman, age 34, passed away suddenly at his home in Glendale on Monday, August 28, 2017. He was born May 15, 1983, in Missoula, MT, to Terry and Mary Ann (Goetz) Bateman. He graduated in 2001 from Horizon High School and attended Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) and Arizona State University (ASU) where he studied English. He married Sunny Bateman on January 21, 2011, in Las Vegas. Israel worked for the last 13 years at Wells Fargo Bank where he most recently was a Quality Assurance Analyst, with a record of hard work and excellence. Israel lived life to the fullest. He was a beacon and accepted everyone he met as an instant friend. He was creative, compassionate, and an exceptional individual. Israel dedicated the last several years of his life to suicide prevention, serving on the board of directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Arizona Chapter in 2015 and spending countless hours working on advocating for suicide prevention awareness at both the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., and the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix. Israel was an avid reader, writer and a lover of music. He loved his family and he loved his dog Murphy. Israel is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Rudy and Betty Goetz and his paternal grandparents Jim Bateman and Dolly Rodgers. Israel is survived by his wife, Sunny; his parents, Terry and Mary Ann; a sister, Sarah (Avi); and his niece and nephew, Stella and Ethan. Family, friends, and others whose lives were touched by Israel are invited to a vigil to be held on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish at 11300 N. 64th St., Scottsdale, to reminisce, grieve, support each other, and chat. Additionally, they are invited to a memorial service that will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish at 11300 N. 64th St., Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org). The family also asks that everyone consider the gift of organ donation through their local donation network (organdonor.gov). Israel may have left us, but he lives on through the multiple people that he was able to help through his giving nature and organ donation. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.
I remember this nice young man. Hugs to you all. April, Abby and Jenna.
So sorry Sunny. My prayers are with you
Heather Sands (Molloy)
So very sorry for your loss. I have many great memories of Israel – hiking the Grand Canyon, repelling at Camelback Mountain, and tons of other scouting events. Sending so many prayers to you
Emily Hoerner, AFSP Utah
My heart is broken. He was such a light and I am so blessed to have known him. My love to you all, his family and friends. May you remember the joy and laughter and good he brought into this world. Until we meet again, Israel.
I am so sorry for your loss… What an inconceivable tragedy.
May you feel God’s loving arms wrapped tightly around you, and sustaining you through this painful time.
I’m so very sorry for you loss. I remember Israel from middle school and high school and he was always a really nice guy. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this tough time.
I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in our heavenly fathers promise to remove death. Acts 24:15 especially provides hope to all who seek it. Warm wishes-A. Richardson
I still cannot believe he is gone… He was a truly passionate soul, and a great friend. My heart goes out to Sunny, his parents, and all of the people who had the pleasure of calling him a friend. Iz would want us to celebrate his life, rather than mourn his passing, and I look forward to sharing memories with everyone at the vigil.
Please know that your choir friends are holding you in prayer, Sunny. Our hearts are broken for you and your family. We are here for you and willing to do whatever you need. I live very close and would love to come deliver hugs from all if you are up to it. Don’t have your phone number, so please call or text me at 623-533-2276. Bless your sweet broken heart.
Our deepest sympathy to the Bateman family. I am glad I had the pleasure of meeting your son. A very creative young man. He will be missed. Take care and God bless.
Brenda Kahng AFSP INLANDEMPIREDC CHAPTER
My deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.
Todd and Cindy McParland
Our deepest sympathy to the Bateman family.
We are so so sorry to hear about Israel ‘a passing. From meeting him as a baby and through the years,he was so charismatic and energetic.. so sad to see him gone, but never forgotten . His time on earth is done, but his spirit and beautiful memory are forever. Wish we could be there to support you all now. We are thinking of you and holding you close in our hearts . Love from Dave and Steph Brockway
My thoughts and prayers to Israel’s family. I’ve worked with Israel for several years and always knew he could be counted on to get whatever project was needed completed quick and accurate. Israel was a pillar of our team and will forever be missed.
Ken & Karen Coleman
Our hearts go out to your family. God be with you.
I love you Izzy. I’m so sorry I didn’t know until now. Godspeed…beautiful soul