Obituaries, October 9, 2022

Andre “Dre” Haymore died on September 30, 2022 at the age of 46 in Tucson, Arizona, leaving behind a legacy as the best father, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend anyone could ask for. To the end he fought bravely against the complications of endocarditis. Dre was born on February 24, 1976 in Tucson to Viola and Richard Sr. and little brother to Myron, Terry, Richard and Courtney. From the beginning he was always attentive and curious, cool and calm. But he was also funny – and loved music of all kinds. Viola recalls walking on the moon in church when he was 5 and making her friend Michelle laugh so hard she could barely get it out. Religious all his life, he was baptized on September 1, 1985. Dre made his name as an athlete at Amphi High School, where he was an all-city sprinter and running back. He ran for 1,185 yards in 1993. But even better, in Amphi he met his wife Amy. They graduated in 1994 and enjoyed 21 years of marriage together raising two amazing children, Addy and Aeden. Dre lives on through his family; we see him every day in Amy’s boundless love, Addy’s gentle compassion, and Aeden’s leadership and musical ability. Andre’s personality was larger than life and his laugh was contagious. He loved watching the San Francisco 49ers play, especially when they faced a pal’s favorite team so he could tear them down. His favorite movies were Smokey and the Bandit and The Polar Express, and he watched them almost every night before bed. And he loved Waylon Jennings so much he got the flying W tattooed on him. Andre loved challenges, being challenged and going beyond those challenges. He was known to always be working on something, be it a personal project or a favor for friends or family. He could always be counted on to have a bright mind and he took great pleasure in joking around with his closest buddies. He loved trucks, boats and fishing trips and organized the party wherever he went. Cooking and entertaining friends and family while enjoying Bud Light and Jack Daniels were his favorite pastimes. He really was the anchor of his family. He deeply loved and cared for others in a way that made everyone around him feel special. He was a father, son and brother to many, though not related by blood. We all knew and loved that big heart and that bald head. Even if you didn’t know Andre personally, there’s a good chance he touched your life as he served the Tucson community as a hero. He worked tirelessly as a firefighter for almost 25 years, saving countless lives with the Rural Metro Fire Department. On his days off, he ran Haymore Productions with his brothers, DJing at weddings and parties, and enlivening many dance floors. He also worked as a real estate agent, helping to fulfill the hopes and dreams of new homeowners. He influenced so many in the community and changed the lives of everyone he met. His work helping others was recognized last year when he was named a Ben’s Bells Bellee for helping students at Prince Elementary. He also received a Certificate of Appreciation from Pima County for saving the life of his close friend in a medical emergency. We will continue to recognize him and the legacy he leaves. Worship services will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, October 14 at Casas Church, 10801 N La Cholla Blvd. The dress code is casual, and the family asks guests to wear Haymore Productions, 49ers, or Amphi High School clothing. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gofundme in support of his family or to the Amphi Foundation on behalf of Andre Haymore.

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