June 14, 2023
Joseph Bradford "Brad" Bahn, 71, died on May 20, 2023, at Gilbert Mercy Hospital in Gilbert, Ariz. Born in St. Louis, Mo., on Feb. 9, 1952, and raised in Staunton, Ill., he was the son of the late Joseph and Sharon Bahn.
Brad attended St Michael's Parochial School and Staunton High School. He graduated in 1970. He was very proud of setting and maintaining the Bulldogs basketball scoring record of 980 points. The family moved to Arizona in 1972. Brad attended the ASU school of business in Tempe. Upon graduating from Arizona State University, Brad worked at Uhaul's corporate office in Phoenix. After a serious car accident in California, Brad left Uhaul and began his entrepreneurial pursuits. He started a newspaper for the University community titled University Press. He wrote many of the articles himself, but the most rewarding part was the photography. Media passes allowed him to be on the field for both ASU sports and the Arizona Cardinals, taking hundreds of pictures for the paper. He often brought a friend or family member to share in the thrill of being so close to players and local media. From 1987-2019, Brad owned a silkscreening business in Tempe, Ariz., where he worked and managed until he sold it and retired in 2019. Brad loved professional football, basketball, and baseball. He was thrilled when the St. Louis Football Cardinals moved to Arizona, and even as they struggled, as they did in Missouri, Brad remained the optimistic fan. Brad was a kind, loving friend and brother. Although most of his adult life was spent in Arizona, he considered Staunton his home.
He is survived by his sister Lisa (Bahn) Bowen of Mesa, Ariz., and husband Roland; nephews Joe and Alex; as well as his brother, Chuck Bahn of Mesa, Ariz., and wife Veronica, niece Alexys, nephews C.J. and Erick. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon Bahn, and father, Joseph Bahn.
A Zoom memorial will be held on July 1, 2023, to celebrate Brad's life and achievements. Anyone wanting to attend should email Veronica Bahn at [email protected].