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Donald "D" Lee Joseph

Donald “D” Lee Joseph, 37 passed away unexpectedly on July 31, 2019 from complications related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. D was a disabled Veteran and served in the United States Army from 2003-2007. D was injured by an improvised explosive device and was honorably discharged in 2007. D endured years of chronic pain, a traumatic brain injury and severe PTSD which unfortunately led to an addiction. 

D married the love of his life and soulmate Kristin in 2018. D was a warm and loving husband, brother, uncle and father. He had a hard exterior but was a gentle giant. If you earned the honor of calling him a friend, you were considered more like family. Among the things we will miss most about him are his handsome face, which he loved admiring in the mirror, his love for Superman and the Dallas Cowboys, the pride and love he had for his service dogs Drax and Bear and the love and respect he had for his fellow service men and women.

D touched the lives of everyone he came across. He had a way with kids and was always there for his nieces and nephews to support and encourage them to be the best they could be.  Over the last few months he developed a special bond with his 4 year old great nephew Jo Jo, who he absolutely adored.

D is survived by his wife and soulmate Kristin and their 5 beautiful children Dylan, Gene, Austin, Amarese and Tristyn and his 2 fur babies who are trained service animals Drax and Bear. D loved his wife and children very much and will be remembered for the way he fiercely loved and protected them. He was truly their Superman!

D is also survived by his mother Mary Joseph (Mace Palomin), his brother Billy, sister Vikki and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews including a special uncle Donnie, who D looked at as a father.  D also leaves behind many friends and people that truly loved him. Among those friends were Patrick Lobato, Zack Bishop and Chase Drake who D considered more like brothers, and they were there for him until the end.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather and hero Donald Lee Gossard, Grandmother Jeanette Emma Gossard, Uncle James Allen Gossard and his first service animal Broozer. 

It’s time to hang up your Superman cape and fly high with the Angels! We love you, and will miss you more than words can say!


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A candle was lit in memory of Donald "D" Joseph

Claude Nelson Aug 8 2019 12:00 AM

I just want to say that this was one hell of an amazing man! I've never met someone who loved their wife and kids, the way he did.. Honestly, I've never met another man in my life, who had the type of heart Donald had. He truly was to good for the type of struggles he chose to endure from this world... much love man, you'll NEVER not, be missed!

Anastasia Hess Aug 8 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald "D" Joseph

Anastasia Hess Aug 8 2019 12:00 AM

I dont know your family, but wanted go pay my respects and thank him for serving our country.

Robyn Aug 7 2019 12:00 AM

I did not know Donald but his obituary brought me to tears. What a wonderful man who sacrificed so much. He will be missed by many. Wish I had known him. God speed.

From Ogden Aug 6 2019 12:00 AM

We met Joe in Germany. My husband served with Joe. He looked out for me while Mark was gone on his first deployment. He loved to "pick" on our kids. He was an amazing man and we are privileged to call him friend and brother! Our prayers are with you all!! Superman will be missed by his friends and brothers/sisters in arms all over this country and the world!!

Chera Tarbox Aug 6 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald "D" Joseph

Linda Gossard Aug 5 2019 12:00 AM

Joe was a good friend, he always had a ear to lend in the time of need. He was so good to my kids and love to see them smile listen to what they had to say and would truly engage in what they had to say. He loved his wife so much and loved to please her to where she could come home and relax after a long day. He showed her so much love and compassion. He would do the cute and little thing for her that you could tell melted her heart and you could see she fell in love that much more. He loved his boys and would count the days till they would be in town. The only thing he could talk about for about two months what how much he loved them and how excited he was for them to be with him. He would plan out fun things for them to do while they where here. He would make sure he would call them everyday and talk to them about there life. There was not one day he did not call, it was like clock work. He was truly a good friend and brother, uncle to our family. You will be missed more than you can even imagine.

Megan bishop Aug 5 2019 12:00 AM

Big Donald , i love you with all my heart. please continue to look over everyone the way you did here. You will be missed more then you could ever imagine. Fly high my superman fly high

Donnie Gossard Aug 5 2019 12:00 AM

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