Joel Cervantes (1972 - 2018)

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Joel Cervantes, 46, of Edwards, passed away Oct. 25. Joel was born Aug. 28, 1972, in Winnemucca, Nevada.
Survivors are his loving wife, Candace (Riden); two amazing children, Madilyn, 8, and Jonah 6; his mother, Velia Cervantes, of Lakewood; his brothers, of Castle Rock, Juan (Mary) and Josh (Jenny); a niece, Lily; and nephews, Michael and Connor; parents in-law, Mike and Donna McCleary; of Estes Park; and a sister in-law, Brandi Frank (Zach), of Brighton. His father, Joel Cervantes, preceded him in death.
Joel enlisted in the Marines in 1991 and was very proud to serve his country. Joel earned the National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Mast, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (w/one star), Good Conduct Medal (w/one star), Navy Achievement Medal, Certificate of Commendation and Rifle Expert Badge (fifth award).
Sgt. Joel Cervantes was honorably discharged in 1998 and moved to the Vail Valley shortly thereafter. Vail quickly became home, and he was a patient snowboard instructor for Vail Resorts, making many friends throughout the Vail Valley. In 1999, he began a 19-year career at US Bank, formally WestStar Bank, where he also met his wife,. They created a beautiful life together in the Vail Valley, where Joel considered his proudest accomplishment to be his beautiful children, Madilyn and Jonah.
A service to celebrate Joel's life was Nov. 3 at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek. A reception followed.
Joel was laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver with full military honors Nov. 5
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at US Bank, where an account has been established in the name "Cervantes Family Memorial."

Published in Fort Lupton Press on Nov. 7, 2018