As a child he vacationed in Yosemite and knew then he wanted to live in the mountains. In the 1980s he moved to Southern Humboldt so he could live in a beautiful place. He made his home in Miranda with his wife, Patty, and dog, Boo. His annual vacation to Cabo was the highlight of the year for Joe and Patty.
He is preceded in death by his father, Joseph; sister, Helen; and brother, Paul.
He is survived by his wife, Patty; daughter, Rachel; son, Brian; mother, Helen; sisters, Suzanna (Julius) and Roxanna (Keith); brother, Daniel; sister-in-law, Sally; nephews, Joe, Paul, Zach, Keith and Casey; nieces, Summer, Shannon, Sarah, and Tara; great-nephews, Cisco and Jon Marco; great-niece, Hannah; "grandchildren" Saylor, Summer, Kaya, Elizabeth, Keaton, Flynn, and Baby Jo; and numerous friends around the world from all their traveling.
A celebration of his life is planned for Saturday, Oct. 5 at Stephens’ Hall in Miranda starting at 3 p.m., with a potluck to follow.
Arrangements were under the care of Goble’s Fortuna Mortuary, Fortuna.