Joel Westbrook

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Joel Westbrook
October 30, 1958 - January 22, 2016
Joel Westbrook was born in Portland, Oregon on October 30, 1958 to Charles Edward and Etta Kae Westbrook.
He died peacefully at home in Caldwell, ID of natural causes on January 22, 2016 with his sister, Karen Westbrook and life long love, Valerie Stewart-Rice by his side.
As a young man, he spent many summers working on his grandfather's ranch in Ashton, Idaho. He was always sharing the fond memories of his cousins and the great times they had as a family while he was there.
He graduated from Caldwell High in 1977, having been an outstanding football player and taking State championship in wrestling his senior year. He was listed in the 'All American's Book, 1977' as Athlete of the Year in both football and wrestling. He attended Idaho State University and Eastern Oregon Community College, where he continued to play football until an arm injury ended his hopes of having a football career.
He worked for Halliburton in Alaska for 8 years, then for Simplot Transportation as a driver for the last 25 years.
He received numerous employee recognition awards for safety and outstanding service. He had to retire in 2014 due to health issues.
Joel always worked hard and played even harder. He enjoyed the outdoors, dirt biking with his best friend Drayton Hollingsworth, snowmobiling, camping, taking road trips on his motorcycle, and deep sea fishing. He was an avid Boise State Football fan. He never missed a game and knew all the players by name, as well as their stats. He had a deep love and appreciation for music and will be remembered by many for his enthusiasm in sharing this love with all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, both maternal and paternal grandparents and the love of his life, Tapanga, who is waiting for him on rainbow bridge.
He is survived by his sister Karen Westbrook of Idaho City, half brother Gordon Westbrook of Spokane, WA, stepfather James Belknap of Nampa, and faithful pal Tundra.
At Joel's request, there will be no service. He will be joining his mother in having his ashes scattered over the ranch in Ashton, ID. In lieu of flowers, please send donations, in his memory, to the , P.O. Box 1834, Maryfield, VA 22116.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Jan. 28, 2016
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