Bill Desmarais, 52, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away January 5, 2017. He was born in Dover, Delaware on October 2, 1964 to Lawrence and Margaret Desmarais. He was raised in Phoenix and attended grade school at Campo Bello Elementary and graduated from Paradise Valley High School. Bill began his professional life in the printing business and eventually joined American Express in the mid 80’s where he handled a majority of the companies printing. From American Express, Bill made his second career transition as a Real Estate Agent in the valley. One of his greatest gifts was his sales personality which led him to being named as a top sales performer. For several of those years, he was ranked in the top 1% of agents. Bill’s most recent successful business was in the car business. Bill gave his constant love and support as a husband and father to his family. He loved family getaways, softball games, mountain bike riding and most of all dinner and a movie. Bill will always be remembered by his extreme generosity and passion to help others. He always tried to go above and beyond for his family members, co-workers and quite often strangers. Bill is survived by his two daughters Marissa and Nicolle Desmarais and his former wife Teena Desmarais, all of Scottsdale, AZ; mother Margaret of Mayor, AZ; sister Lorraine of Phoenix, AZ; brother Raymond (wife Brenda) of Mayor, AZ and brother Bobby of Kingman, AZ. Bill has four beautiful nieces Racheal, Brandice, RaeAnn, Laicee; seven great nieces; three great nephews and one great great niece. Bill’s father Lawerence preceded him. The family of Bill will celebrate his short, but wonderful life on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.christopherreeves.org in memory of the Desmarais Family.
Dear Desmarais Girls,
We are so sorry for your loss. We hope you girls find comfort in this hard time knowing that your father will always be remembered as a kind, funny and man with a completely infectious smile. What an honor it was to have known him.
The Rivero Family
Jay, LeeAnn & Karly
This is the hardest thing I have had to do. I have had a lot of loss, but this one I never thought would come. You and Aunt Tenna were there for me during my darkest time and showed me support. I want you and Tenna to know that because of you and mom I survived and was able overcome that horrible event behind me and not allowed it to over take me. You will always be in my heart and I love you so much words will never be able to express the love I have for you. Emilee loved you so much.
So beautifully written. His wonderful charismatic personality will forever be missed. Love you all
Bill was working in the printshop when I became the director at the IMC. He always had a smile on his face and plenty of jokes and smiles.
He was talented in so many ways.
Bill loved his daughters so much, and they were his “everything.
He was very talented at so many things.
God bless you Bill, and be at peace.
Peace be with Bill, and may his loved ones also find peace.
I miss you brother.
Margie & Rex Bahm
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek. I will never forget his kindness. May God give him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain.
Love, Rex and Margie Bahm
Bill was a most amazing man who had a loving heart and an incredible intellect. We shared many moments together working in the world of real estate and cars and I always admired his mastery in both fields.
I will miss him and his zest for life. He will be held in my heart always with love.
You should not be gone this soon.
May the loving memories of Bill bring you peace, comfort and strength.
” To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die ”
With deepest sympathy.
Bill was always such a sweet, professional who always had a knack for the details. I had many conversations with him over the years selling real estate, we had some good laughs along the way. Bill, our discussions and talks will always be cherished, you were one strong tolerant man. God Bless you friend.