Sep 182013

Michael Anthony Bell, 53, of Tucson passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Services will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Houston residence, 12801 E. Speedway Blvd. in Tucson.
Mike was born on Oct. 1, 1959, at the Snowflake Maternity Home in Snowflake, the youngest child of four, to Robert and Naomi Bell.
He was born with a club foot, and spent many weeks in hospitals and with doctors having numerous surgeries and treatments, but it never slowed him down. Although he wore leg casts, leg braces and spent time in a wheelchair, he scooted instead of crawled when he was a baby, and as a young teen, did wheelies in his wheelchair.
Mike never considered himself handicapped and he became quite an athlete. He played tennis, golf, raced motocross, hunted, fished and, most of all, his passion rodeo. When he was young he rode bareback, steer wrestled, calf roped and team roped, qualifying for the Senior Pro Rodeo Finals more than once in team roping.
He was a self-taught, creative and very gifted welder. There was nothing he couldn’t weld and no task he wouldn’t tackle. He had his own company for years and was noted for his excellent workmanship. His work ethic was unmatched and he never asked anyone to do anything he wouldn’t do himself. He felt any job worth doing is worth doing right and to the best of your ability.
Mike was always there to help a friend in need, from loaning someone money to fixing a little lady’s flagpole, and was forever giving to some of his favorite charities, such as the Willcox Junior Rodeo Association.
He traveled the United States extensively with jobs or with rodeo, and even played a small part in the movie Cannon Ball Run II.
Mike grew especially close to his niece Loni after her dad, Rob, passed away in 2000, therefore he created a special bond with her children, Chance and Lexi. Although it was never said, we are sure he was trying to fill the void after the loss of the Poppa Robbie.
Survivors include his son, Cody (Maren); two grandchildren, Jensen and Ryker; two sisters, Wanda Hensley (Doug) of Holbrook and Gwen Banning of Tucson; two nieces, Loni Lowe (Richard) and Crystel McSpadden, both of Tucson; one nephew, Chandler Whitten (Patti) of Holbrook; one great-nephew, Chance Lowe; three great-nieces, Brooke Whitten, Lexi Lowe and Ashli Whitten; and a sister-in-law, Valinda Bell.Obit Bell
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Naomi Bell; and his brother, Robert Bell III.