10/17/1948 - 05/21/2020
Service Date: 05/28/2020
Service Time: 11 AM - 1 PM
Service Location: Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 East Queen Creek Road, Gilbert, AZ 85297

It is with heavy heart that our family announces the sudden passing of Joan Perrins, born in Great Falls, Montana to Helena and Jim Pannell, and the youngest sibling to Jim, John, and Marylane.  Joan graduated from high school at Great Falls Central in 1966, Montana State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1970, and ASU with a masters degree in 1978. Joan was an educator for 31 years as both a teacher and librarian, touching many lives.

Joan met Jeff Perrins in 1967, and in Jeff’s words, ‘his life then started’.  Joan and Jeff were married in Great Falls during the winter of 1971, in -15oF weather.  In 2008 Joan retired and she and Jeff spent their time between Gilbert, AZ and Kalispell, MT.  Together Joan and Jeff traveled to 28 different countries, and have visited most states within the US.  Her favorite pastimes were reading, volunteering for different causes, golf and pickleball.

Joan leaves behind her husband Jeff, her two children, Jake and Jaynee, and grandchildren, Keera, Keegan, and Kylee.  Although she is gone, she has shaped our worlds so much.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Mary’s Food Bank (https://www.firstfoodbank.org/give/), one of her supported charities, or another charity of your choosing.

A remembrance event has been scheduled at Gilbert Memorial Park (2100 E Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85297).  The service has been scheduled for May 28th (Thursday) from 11-1 pm.  At the service we will be sharing photos of her life and travels, and remembering Joan. 


  • Don and Lynise Connell

    We are so sorry for your loss. We really liked Joan and she always went out of her way to say hello. She had a wonderful sense of humor and personality. She will be missed.

  • Ann Rosenberg

    I met Joan 3 years ago in our Trilogy Niners league. It was love at first read…we immediately shared our love of books and travel. In the summer, she would email her favorite recent reads and I would respond in kind. My sister had lived in Kalispell after college, an engineer who worked in Glacier National Park. I shared Joan’s love of Montana as well. To say Joan will be missed is an understatement – she lit up the space around her each and every day. I will never forget that smile…she touched all who knew her in a profound, meaningful way. To her family (who I haven’t met), my deepest sympathy for your loss. Her love and light will always be with you ❤️

  • Vicki and Jim Townsend

    Joan was a very witty and creative person. Her calligraphy skills for the niners will be missed , too. Her travel experiences were very special. Golfing and pickleball skills were outstanding. She was a great friend and we will remember her friendly, happy personality.

  • Steve and Diane Pleis

    Dear Jeff and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Joan was such a fun person. She was always interested in talking and having fun with our golf groups. She will be missed. We will be praying for comfort for you all.
    Steve and Diane Pleis

  • Kathleen Donahoe

    I met Joan through the Niners Golf group and am so very saddened by her passing. She was the most authentic person as she had a sense of dry humor that created giggles throughout every person she met. Joan was genuine.generous,and a forever friend.
    Blessings to the family and may Joan rest peacefully in the arms of the Lord!🍀🙏🏻💔

  • My thoughts of John are filled with love, laughter, a quit whit and always an uplifting willingness to always help out wherever possible. It was both a privilege and great blessing to have been able to know her, play with her, and serve with her! 0h how she will be missed by so many! With love, Linda Shubin

  • Chris and Alan Duea

    So sorry for you and your family. What a lady!!

  • Ginny and Mark Sansone

    To Jeff and Family,
    We share your sorrow at this heartbreaking time. Joan was such a force of humor and goodness and wisdom. No matter where the conversation was going, Joan always had those thoughtful, quick one liners that showcased her sharp wit and her wicked sense of self deprecating humor. It also clearly showed that she was a good listener as others would share some part of their lives during our between-match-chats on the pickle ball courts. She always had us all laughing, and she always seemed amazed and somewhat surprised that she had this power to entertain all of us. I cannot believe that she is gone from us so soon. We would always have little book talks, and I enjoyed her analysis of stories and characters. We were just getting a new book group together this winter, and the group will sorely miss Joan’s input and her quick quips to lighten up the heavier discussions. Joan on the pickle ball court was another kind of force. She was really good, but never once shied away from playing with a weaker player or helping a newbie on the court. I loved playing with Joan because we always ended up laughing at our foibles and dismissing the serious side of the sport that could otherwise spoil a lovely day in the sunshine in Arizona. I cannot believe she won’t be there with us again. We are truly diminished by her passing. Mark and I cannot be with you at this time, since we are in our NY home now, but we are sending our sincere wishes that the kindness and compassion she always showed to others comes back to all of you to comfort you at this unthinkable time. We send our love and our wishes for comfort and peace.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Ginny and Mark Sansone

Add Condolence