Joel Elmore

July 12, 1959January 9, 2019

Joel Elmore was born in 1959 while his parents were stationed in Japan. He grew up in Florida before his family relocated to Colorado in the late 60’s. He lived most of his life in Colorado, because it was home. Joel was quick-witted and charming and had a great capacity to make everyone feel like a friend. He often had people laughing, and could command a room with his stories. He was a talented photographer, a great dancer and had a deep love for music.

Most of his working life was spent in hospitality. His care for people showed in his easy-going customer service skills. The skills that made him a good conversationalist made him good with customers at whatever job he held.

When he was a teenager, Joel learned how to play the bagpipes. This passion was with him all his days. He played in numerous pipe bands throughout his life and always had a kilt and a tune on hand. By seeing his wardrobe, you would quickly understand that another great passion was the Colorado Avalanche hockey team. Joel was a fan before the Nordiques moved to Denver, and he proudly supported the team every year, whether they won the Stanley Cup or they were in yet another rebuild year. He was fiercely loyal to family, friends and Avs alike.

His biggest passion was his family. He loved his children and put them above all else. Joel’s life was not an easy one, and he had his demons, but his love for his family was never in doubt.

His passing leaves a hole in our lives and our hearts are broken.

Joel, it’s just a flesh wound - we will see you on the other side.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Betty and JB; his brother-in-law, Sam; and his beloved bird, Stanley.

Joel is survived by his children, Angie, Gina, Rolan (Jessie) and Garrision (Amber) and their mother, Cathy; his former wife Tracy; his sisters, Sherri (Bill) and Rochelle (John); and numerous nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 12, 2019