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Joseph Douglas ColbySeptember 19, 1980 ~ August 2, 2017 (age 36)
Joe is at peace after years of battling the very real demons of mental illness. Joe was born on September 19th, 1980 in Salt Lake City to parents Jeannie Williams and Douglas Colby. He brought light to family, friends, and clients figuratively and literally as a highly skilled journeyman electrician. Joe married the love of his life, Christine Colby, on June 19, 1999. They gave birth to Christian Colby, their pride and joy, and Joe’s favorite video-game partner on February 26, 2002.
Joe is remembered by his loved ones for his sense of humor, optimism, loyalty, creativity and big heart. Joe performed stand-up comedy routines and other comedic performances at local venues. He also championed live theatre and cinematic theatre; he is remembered fondly for his acting talent and interjecting movie quotes into casual conversations. Joe’s laughter and witty jokes made family gatherings warm and fun. Joe’s optimism was truly unmatched; he wanted to solve all of life’s problems for his loved ones and he hurt deeply when he felt he could not. Joe was fiercely loyal and would happily help whenever asked. The mountains were a great source of comfort to Joe; he made time to go camping, even if it was just by himself. A running joke was that Joe left the family and Jack, the family dog, with no left-overs because of his voracious appetite. Joe’s heart encompassed family and friends whom he truly lived for. Joe showed his love by making gifts and other artistic sculptures out of scrap metal. There was no limit to his imagination and creativity. He would often say, “whatever you need right now, just put it out into the universe and the universe will send what you need back.”
Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Christine, and 15-year-old son Christian; parents Jeannie and Dirk Williams, Doug and Ann Colby; parents-in-law Elaine Howell-Fewell, Robert and Carol Fewell; grandparents Carma and Addy Armstrong; siblings Jim Colby (Amy), Jane Hull (Rick), John Colby (Pamela) and Stephen Colby; step-siblings Stefanie White (Jon), Ben Williams, Christopher Williams (Rachel) and Nate Williams; brother-in-law David Fewell (Cassidy) and sister-in-law Catherine Fewell; foster sister Jennifer Westlund (Alan) and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was also greatly loved by Danny Farnsworth (Patrice), Mikey, Jar, and many friends.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Church, 1175 East 7800 South, Midvale, UT. Friends may visit family at the church on Monday, August 7th, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and 10:00-11:00 a.m. the morning of the funeral.
Flowers can be sent to the church; in lieu of flowers, donations to National Alliance of Mental Illness can be made in honor of Joe. Donation website: http://www.namiut.org/take-action/donate-online.