Joseph Allan Boteilho

Joseph Allan Boteilho passed away peacefully at his home in Chino Valley, Arizona on November 19, 2016.obit-boteilho1

Joe, the oldest of nine children was born August 06, 1936 in Paia, Maui to Joseph and Ludwina Boteilho. He grew up in Molokai, HI and upon graduating from high school he moved inland and attended college at Washington State receiving a B.S. in mathematics & later a Master’s degree from UNR.

Joe moved with his first wife Barbara and their first two children to Ely, NV in 1962 after accepting a teaching positon as a Math teacher at White Pine High School. He taught high school math for 30 years, retiring in 1992. He also taught math and computers for many years at the NNCC.  His love for teaching and the gift he had to make a student grasp the concepts of mathematics didn’t stop upon retirement.  Joe went on to teach mathematics to home schooled students throughout the valley for several more years and later moved to Arizona (2005) where he taught at several high schools.

Joe enjoyed the outdoors with his family through hunting, fishing and camping. Watching baseball was a favorite past time.

In October 1995, Joe married Diane Bradley and they had 21 good years together.  They enjoyed Arizona, traveling in their 5th wheel & spending time with family & friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Ludwina, Barbara, son Kenneth, daughter Connie (Echegaray) and David Bradley.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Boteilho of Chino Valley; his sons Lennie (Robbie) Boteilho of Riverton, Utah and Joe (Kim) Boteilho of Elko, NV. Son in-law Louie Echegaray of Ely, NV.

His grandchildren Barbara Jean (Echegaray) (Beau) Roberts, Riverton, UT., Joseph Echegaray, Elko, NV.,  Mikyla Boteilho, Riverton, UT., and Nicole Boteilho, Bozeman, MT.

Great-grandchildren Brenden and Brianna Roberts.

Diane’s children Bob (Teresa) Bradley and daughter Mellissa (Tony) Wittaker.Her grandchildren Justin Perkins, Ryan & Heston Bradley, Michael, Andy, Levi, and Nicole Wittaker all of Ely, NV.

Her great grandchildren Brenton Joe Bradley. Dagen and Aspen Wittaker.  Ely, NV.

Mother in-law Elaine Smith. Ely, NV. Sister in-law’s Wendy Paris, St. George, UT. Linda (Terry) Belander, Ely, NV.

Seven sisters and one brother. Caroline Casipit, Charlotte Sullivan, Lawrence (Mary) Boteilho, Eileen (Padraic) Gardner, Eleanor (Mike) Mastropaolo, Rosemary (Orlando) Briant, Bernadette (Burt) Corral, Joanne Collins. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church 900 E 11th Street Ely, NV at 10:30a.m. December 16, 2016.  There will be no graveside services as Joe’s ashes will be laid to rest according to his wishes.

Luncheon to follow at the hall.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to St. Jude’s Memorial & Honor Gifts P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38148-0142.  Forms online @ 1-800-822-6344.

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  1. bonnie carter says:

    I am so sorry to hear of this Diane. My prayers and sincere sympathy is sent..

  2. Patrick Smith says:

    I would have never made it through High School mathematics and later college mathematics without the patience and wisdom of this man. His philosophy of not caring if the answer was right or wrong but showing all the steps in the process was so important in my later courses. Mr. Boteilho was strict but fair and his devotion to his students and actually teaching them some discipline in the classroom is missing in many instances in today’s classroom. White Pine High School was Joe Boteilho and I am sure there are many of his former students that owe their successes to him. Thank you, Mr. Boteilho for making me work my tail end off for every grade and thank you for caring.

  3. Neila Swapp says:

    I have three years of fond memories of him teaching math time. Thanks Ioe.

  4. Martin Lensch says:

    Mr. Boteilho was a great math teacher. Although my grades weren’t the best, I fondly remember him trying to get me to understand math better. Rest in eternal peace. You were a great teacher. I wish I had paid more attention to your instruction. Thank you for being so patient with me.

  5. Pete Paris says:

    Mr Boteilho was probably one of my most all time vavorite teacher even if I was the worst algebra student ever, he once told me as much, his first 5 miniutes of class were a blast telling stories and teasing,but when he said ‘OPEN YOUR BOOK TO PAGE XXX’ it was math time to the bell.
    Latter after his retirement it was more fun spending time on the ranch still sharing his stories and having fun while still being serious at the task at hand.Lots of good memories.

  6. Devin Rattazzi says:

    I couldn’t have made it through high school math without him. His favorite saying was THAT GOING TO GO OVER LIKE A LEAD BALLOON. I still use that saying today. God’s speed Mr Boteilho. May God be with your family.

  7. Dennis R Petty says:

    Thank you Mr Boteilho! You are awesome. Heaven is about to have a renaissance in math, dedication, as well as kind loving humor. I wish I could be there when they hear you say “You pineapple head” because not only were you a great teacher, you loved your students. You also were funny and humorous, a trait not so common today. Thank you and God bless you and your family.

  8. Susie Smith Vasquez says:

    I never did conquer algebra, but it wasn’t Mr. Boteilho’s fault. It would have been impossible to miss his spirit and passion for education. He was warm and approachable, and that meant a lot to me. It’s been many, many years but I still think of him with a smile.

  9. Judy C. Thompson says:

    I was kinda scared of Algebra and Mr. Boteilho, he did his best to teach our class but some of us just didn’t get it!! Me, haha!! He was a dedicated teacher with the passion for teaching, God Bless your family and Rest in Peace Mr. Boteilho!!!

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