Joel Hupp was an incredible individual - heart of gold, selfless in every way possible, smart, funny, witty, talented, caring, loving, and so resilient/strong. He was a teacher at heart if you didn't know something and wanted to, he was there to help you learn. From the countless mid-watches where you did 762 calf raises to the numerous topside line-handling sessions and certifying people online to become ordained ministers. He was a great mentor and an even better friend. It has been said that an optimist is a man who plants two acorns and buys a hammock. By that standard, Joel Bradshaw Hupp, ever the hammock and woodland enthusiast, was born to be an optimist. He was born July 27, 1984 in Mountain View, California to Brad and Dena Hupp. Joel spent much of his youth among the trees; camping with Boy Scouts, his parents and his brother Luke. He loved Yosemite and spent much of his youth there. Joel loved music…all kinds of music. He was an accomplished guitarist who learned to play the guitar from his father at an early age, and often played with family and friends. He loved slow-dancing in the kitchen. He was an enthusiastic woodworker, and he often spent time working the wood into beautiful furniture, treasures, and wedding gifts. Joel loved his country and served proudly in the United States Navy, achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer shortly before he became ill. He loved his job.
In everything, Joel gave his enormous heart. He loved his amazing children, the women in his life, his friends and family with every fiber of his being. No moment was wasted, no hug left ungiven, and no bit of love forgotten. On March 1, 2020, his beautiful light went out. His incredible heart, endless enthusiasm, and adventurous spirit will be missed. Those left behind, who will miss him and keep his love in their own hearts, are his parents Bradshaw and Dena Hupp; wife and mother of his children Alicia Hupp; children Mason, Delaney, and Laylah Hupp; brother Luke (Tessa) Hupp; nephew Ethan Hupp; girlfriend Marissa West Scott; many cousins and extended family members and everyone lucky enough to have called him friend.
A funeral service in honor of Joel will be held on Monday March 9, 2020 at 11:30 am at Edline-Yahn and Covington Funeral Chapel, 27221 156th Ave SE Kent, WA 98042. In recognition of his service to our country, a graveside service with military honors will follow at 1:15 pm at Tahoma National Cemetery. A reception and time for fellowship will be held at the funeral home directly after the graveside service.
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