William Jack “Rocky” Mayer III, 68, of Tucson Arizona passed unexpectedly on July 16, 2021 in Paonia, Colorado. Rocky told his friends that he had enjoyed a wonderful motorcycle ride in the beautiful mountains that day, while participating at a motorcycle event in Paonia. He was born April 3, 1953 in San Luis Obispo, California to the late William Jack “Bill” Mayer Jr. and Frances E. “Fran” (Hill) Mayer. Rocky grew up in Pomona, California, graduating from Ganesha High School in 1971, and voted Class Personality and King of the Sweethearts in his senior class – titles that continued to fit him perfectly. Rocky moved to Santa Barbara, California after high school, where he worked for Montello’s furniture as store manager and for Carrows restaurants in the franchise manager program. In 1973 Rocky met his future wife Angelee Conroy in Santa Barbara, and they were married there in 1982. He was the sales director and salesperson trainer for Arrow Industrial Supply Co. in Canoga Park around 1976 to 1985, when he left and established Rock Industrial Sales Inc. in Ventura, California, which was successful for 10 years. He then decided to change careers and stay in the family business of manufacturing “Bill Mayer Day Long Saddles”, custom made motorcycle seats. He started this business in Ventura and Ojai California, at which time he married Laura Nunn and moved the business to Eagle, Idaho. Eventually returning to Ventura, he reconnected with Pat Liampetchakul, and they decided to move to Nampa and Boise, Idaho for about two years, and then they settled in Tucson, Arizona late last year.
Rocky will be remembered for being the most outgoing, fun, adventurous, travel loving (his favorites – Costa Rica, Cabo, Aspen, Hawaii) person that you could ever meet. The “Rock” was bigger than life and his heart was filled with love and concern for so many others, including people he never met. He was a friend to so many people in all parts of his life. He was always the first to reach out and offer help to those in need. He cared about the people in his life and it showed. Rocky always left an impression, always upbeat and will be greatly missed by many.
Rocky is survived by his fiancé Patcharee Liampetchakul of Tuscon, AZ; his sisters, Linda Jean Curry (Russell) of Carlsbad, CA and Susan Elaine Mayer of Wanatchee WA; brothers, Richard Harvey Mayer of Fort Wayne, IN and Jacob Roderick Mayer (Tony) of Idaho Falls, ID; and his very close nieces and nephews.
A private family Buddhist ceremony was held in Tucson, AZ, and at 100 days, a private final prayer ceremony was held at the Wat Thai Temple in North Hollywood. His ashes were scattered in the ocean off the coast of Ventura, CA after the ceremony.
A big lover of dogs, Rocky rescued and adopted many, many dogs from different shelters, including his most recent buddy “Butch”. In his remembrance, please consider supporting your local animal shelter. Have a long, long heavenly ride Rocky.