Obituary: Joseph Edward Myers Jr.
Ryan Summerlin June 24, 2013
Joseph Edward Myers Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 19, 2013 at Reno Renown Hospital.
Born in 1973 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Joe spent his early years in San Diego. He moved to Auburn in 1987, graduating from Placer High in 1991. Soon after, he moved to Soda Springs and lived every day like a vacation. He was an avid snowboarder and loved fishing, hunting, dirt biking, skateboarding, surfing, kayaking, river rafting and snowmobiling.
While honing his skills as a chef, Joe delivered amazing meals from the kitchens of Sugar Bowl, Moody’s, Rainbow Lodge, Ice Lakes Lodge, Lattitudes, Beermans, Horseshoe Bar Grill, The Headquarter House and Dingus McGees. In line with his love of adrenaline, Joe spent many years guiding guests through white water rapids with Tributary Rafting. Living his final years in Truckee allowed Joe to pursue adventure every day. Joe felt he had lived a very full life in his short 40 years. When told how advanced his cancer was, he took comfort knowing he would be joining his dad, Joseph Edward Myers, birth mom Jackie Smith, grandparents Joseph and Ilene Myers of San Diego, Jack and Lois Smith of Las Vegas, and Chuck Hope of San Diego, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his mother Karen (Edward) Campbell of Granite Bay, grandmothers Barbara Dible of Rocklin, and Sharon Hope of San Diego, brother Eric (Renee’) Myers of Sacramento, sister Kelly (Jerry) Barton of Placerville, girlfriend Mikel Dreiling, and loyal dogs Drake and Hunter.
Joe was especially appreciative of the compassionate support he received from surgeon Dr. Ellen Cooper and the entire staff at Truckee Forest Cancer Center.
In Joe’s style, a casual celebration of his life will be held at Sugar Bowl’s family friendly Judah Lodge on Saturday, June 29, from 2-6 p.m.
It was Joe’s desire to establish a college fund for his nieces and nephews he loved to spoil, Nick and Kayla Myers of Auburn, and Colin and Brianna Barton of Placerville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to their beneficiary account 1087962443 at Wells Fargo Bank.