Joseph Dowell

Joseph “Joe” Dowell, age 61, of Newcastle, Washington passed away May 12, 2010.  He was born in Seattle, Washington on June 13, 1948.

Joe retired from Boeing in 2007 with 39 years of service and had a long list of things to do and see as well as start a second career.  In June 2008 Joe graduated from the Chapman School of Seamanship.  Dowell Marine Surveying was launched in August 2008 and was cut short when he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Joe was a man of many interests and was always up for a golf game, road trip on his Harley, a drive in his Shelby GT500 Mustang, or a sunny day on the water in his boat.  He loved to spend time with friends and family and always had them laughing at his many one-liners.

Joe accomplished many things in his short 61 years, but our greatest loss is not in the significance of these accomplishments, but rather in the content of his character.  Joe was a kind and passionate individual who believed in living life to the fullest and treating everyone he met with the greatest respect.  He loved to add humor to every occasion and felt great when he made you smile.

Joe was a remarkable man with a strong will and kind heart.  Joe’s passing was far, far too soon.  We are, nevertheless, grateful to have had him in our lives and we will cherish the memory of this wonderful son, son-in law, brother, husband, father, and friend.

Joe is survived by this wife: Mary, Daughter: Kelly, Brothers: Larry and Eddie(Vicky), Sister: Terry(Brad) as well as numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.  There will be a private family graveside service at Holyrood Cemetery and a Celebration of Life at Maplewood Golf Course at Noon May 21, 2010.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the ‘Amazing Joe’ Team care of the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk at

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming—WOW—What a Ride!”

7 Responses to “Joseph Dowell”

  • Kristi Nelsen says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Joes family during this sad time. I knew Joe since 1980 working at the Renton Boeing Factory there wasnt a day that wouldnt go by when I would look forward to seeing Joe I loved his fun stories he told of his past hippie years and all his adventures he had later I will miss him very much. He was so much fun. All my best.

  • Robert Berry says:

    I pray that the Joe’s family find encouragement in their memories of Joe and what he meant to family and friends. I met Joe in 1997, he was humorous, always with the one liners. He could also be serious, I worked a weekend and forgot to put in ETS, and Joe caught it and asked me “Didn’t you work the weekend?”
    I actually to think about, and I did work that particular weekend. He said to me “Wouldn’t you like to get paid for that Sat & Sun?” Of course I said “yeah!” That could have easily gone unnoticed, but I am so glad he noticed. From then on I realized, he would take the extra step to get it right. Something I really admired about him!


  • David Ray says:

    I am sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. He was a good man and a good friend. He will be missed by all who were touched by his presence. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family at this time in their lives.

  • Eddy & Vicki says:

    Joe, you will always be in our hearts and forever missed. Your passing has been an irreplaceable loss to all that Loved you and were lucky to know you. Mary and Kelly our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Eddie and Vicki

  • Kip says:

    Joe was my mentor and friend. There are so many things I admired about him but will always remember the good moments and happy times. I never had a bad day when I was around him…that great sense of humor!
    God has a good guy now. My prayers are with the entire family at this time…may the faith in God stay strong.

  • Karen Wilson says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Joe through Customer Support. He always made me laugh with his quick witt & smile. Mary and family my thoughts are with you.


  • Claus Jensen says:

    I’m sure Joe would smilingly refer to this as “being late to the party”, but I thought I’d share one memory I have of him.

    I met Joe through Customer Service at Boeing, also as a friend of my father’s.

    One time, Joe took both me and my father to the horse track and promptly proceeded to explain to me how to read the sheets, study the track, read up on the jockeys’ strengths and the horses performance over time, in each race. Consider the current weather and graph performance over time of all factors considered.

    Finally, after about 15-20 minutes he said: “And then you go look at the horses at the showing before the race. See if they look fit, study their behaviour.. and then.. put all your money on the grey one.”

    THAT was Joe to me.

    Also, as my father said, learning of Joe’s death only yesterday: “If life had a rewind button, I’d have those five years back” (indicating the time he spent at Boeing, working and getting to know people like Joe).

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