Jeffrey Todd Bucholz, beloved husband of Lorri (Cerva) Bucholz and devoted father to Jack, Grace and Gage, went to rest in the arms of Jesus on June 7, 2019. Jeff is survived by his loving parents, William and Betty Bucholz, as well as his brother Gary (Judi) Bucholz. Jeff will also be dearly missed by his mother-in-law, Jan Cerva, and a large and adoring extended family.
Jeff was born on December 17, 1973 and raised in Troy, Michigan. He graduated from Birmingham Brother Rice High School in 1991 and went on to earn both his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Michigan State University. Jeff loved cheering on the Spartans with his family and the countless friends he met along the way.
Jeff was introduced to Lorri while he was an intern at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital. She fell for his easy charm and the way he made her laugh. Jeff adored Lorri’s strength, smarts and selflessness – the way she showed up for everyone in her life with generosity and grace. They were married on August 17, 2002. As their love deepened, they found that they shared so many values, most especially an unshakeable faith in God and a commitment to building a life together with their family at the center.
Following Jeff’s residency in anesthesia and completion of a fellowship in pain management, he and Lorri moved to Arizona in 2005. He served as a physician at The Pain Center of Arizona along with partners Steve Siwek, Matt Doust, Ramoun Jones, Todd Turley and Abe Burgher. Patients and staff will remember “Dr. B” for being a gifted doctor who treated everyone he met with kindness, patience and dignity.
Jeff’s great passion was coaching baseball. He spent countless hours on fields around the valley investing in kids from t-ball to travel ball. His gift was in truly seeing each player and in bringing out the best in each one. To Jeff, baseball was so much more than a game. It was an opportunity to teach boys about life both on and off the field and to help develop young men of integrity, character and a willingness to work hard – qualities that embodied how Jeff lived his life.
Jeff put God and his family first. He loved their annual family vacations to Coronado Island and taking trips to Wailea, Hawaii and Negril, Jamaica with Lorri. He loved watching his daughter perform in dance recitals and competitions. He was a voracious reader and an avid sports fan.
Jeff’s profound faith and love of God was a source of great strength and comfort during his battle with cancer over the last 2½ years. In a consistency that was pure Jeff, he never allowed his illness to change who he was as a human being. Instead, Jeff used the trial of cancer to be an example of God’s abiding grace, mercy, love and strength during the most difficult of times. He bore witness to one of his favorite scripture verses, Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Jeff will be so deeply missed – on every ball field and by every player he ever coached, by his many friends and most especially by his family, who loved him best. He was a person who lived what he believed and who moved through the world with wisdom, patience and dignity. He was known for saying, “Do good to others not because of who they are, but because of who you are.”
Visitation will be held on Monday, June 17th from 4:00pm-8:00pm at the Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Cemetery 6500 E. Bell Rd. in Scottsdale. A funeral service will be held at the Scottsdale Bible Church, North Ridge Campus 6363 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek on Tuesday, June 18th at 2pm. Former players, coaches and their families are invited to wear baseball attire in celebration of Jeff.
Friends wishing to honor Jeff’s life may consider contributing to the Jeff Bucholz Memorial Fund. Please see details at: https://www.gofundme.com/the-jeff-bucholz-memorial-fund.Print Obituary & Condolences