Joel Thomas Eads

Joel Thomas Eads of Durango died Feb. 14, 2013, at home. He was 30.

Joel was born Jan. 2, 1983, in Durango. He is survived by his parents, Lyle and Darcy Eads of Dolores; brothers, Jordan Eads, Jamin Eads and Jesse Eads, all of Dolores; grandparents, Jim and Kay Hopper of Durango; grandmother, Aloha Eads of Denver; great-grandmother, Helen Prough of Durango; ex-wife, Shannon Kinne of Cortez; and by seven uncles, seven aunts and 17 cousins.

A 2001 graduate of Montezuma-Cortez High School, Joel lived in this area for 16 years.

Joel was employed by Fine Wood Interiors in Durango, and was a skilled cabinetmaker and finishing carpenter. He began his apprenticeship under his uncle, Erik Enriquez, after graduating from high school. His custom woodwork can be found in some of Durango's finest homes.

Joel was an avid reader and owned hundreds of books. He also loved to write and filled countless journals with his thoughts.

His dogs, Maynard and Turtle were faithful companions and often accompanied him wherever he went.

Joel loved the outdoors. He snowboarded, hiked, backpacked and enjoyed riding his bike. He also enjoyed his time with friends, playing pool, and watching films.

Joel was a compassionate, caring and loving individual. He never hesitated to stop what he was doing to give someone a hand. He often spent time at his grandparents' house to see if there was anything they needed done and to take time to visit with them over a cup of coffee.

Joel was dearly loved and appreciated by everyone who knew him. His death has caused much pain and heartache, and those that miss him, long to see him again in paradise.

"Look! The tent of God is with mankind . and he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away . Write, because these words are faithful and true." Revelation 21:3-5

A memorial service will be held for Joel on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3:30 p.m. at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center, 21176 County Road S, Cortez (7.5 miles north of Cortez on Hwy. 491, then 0.75 miles west on County Road S).