Joel Allen Arnink died September 18 at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center after an almost two year struggle with cancer. Joel was born in Panorama City, California on November 15, 1969. He spent 25 years in bike and ski retail and service. He could tune your skis or bikes with excellent results. At Los Alamos high he was known as "Class Clown" and the second string goalie of the soccer team, not necessarily in that order. From Strings and Spokes in Los Alamos he moved to Paragon Ski in Telluride, Colorado and then on to Downhill Edge in Burlington, Vermont. He then followed the snow and mountain roads to Crested Butte, Colorado. Joel managed the Ski Shop at Pajarito Ski Area for one season and was co-owner and operator of Caballo Bike and Ski in Los Alamos. Joel was an avid fan of soccer, bike racing, football and basketball. He had a deep knowledge of who was who and when. Manchester United was the team he followed most closely. Joel is survived by his mother, Carolyn Brown, and step-father, Will Ranken or Albuquerque, and father, Dale Arnink of Los Alamos. Also surviving him are his three brothers, Brian Arnink of Espanola, Craig Arnink of Albuquerque and Scott Arnink of Vancouver Island, British Colombia. Also surviving are a group of nieces and nephews who will miss the special names he had for them, plus a large contingent of "step" family. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 2 at 2:00 pm at the Unitarian Church of Albuquerque at Carlisle and Comanche. Friends and family are encouraged to bring a memory of Joel's love of sports and join in a sip of Gatorade in his honor.
Published by Albuquerque Journal from Sep. 30 to Oct. 1, 2021.
I met Joel for the first time when I interviewed him for a service position at the DHE ski shop in 1994. It never crossed my mind that I was interviewing some one who would become not just an excellent coworker but a lifelong long friend. A friend who was passionate about skiing, soccer and cycling-as am I. Over the years even after he moved back west we engaged in many long and sometimes heated but always in good fun conversations on the above topics but also politics, the environment, and human relationships. But my favorite time of year to engage Joel and our best conversations were always about the Tour de France-he would call me and ask for my picks for the podium and why (and I had better have had my act together because he certainly had done his homework)and we would begin...a month of `holy cows´ as we followed every stage marveling at the wins incredulous at the disappointments but always energized by what we saw. And I should mention that he was shall we say an `avid´ fan of Lance Armstrong and regardless of the circumstances defended Lance well past his career in cycling and he never deferred. And that is the best of what you got from Joel-loyalty. Despite the times I let my own life breakdown our connections whenever they were reestablished he welcomed me back like we had just had sushi on Church St the night before.
And so I close by saying thank you my friend for your warmth and laughter and energy and constancy.
I love you my brother
I will miss our conversations.
Mike Goodrich(representing his friends at the Downhill Edge Ski Shop)