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In memoriam: Joel Beck, Westside builder, engineer, union man, volunteer

Joel Beck as a Meet a Westsider in 2012.
Westside Pioneer file photo
Joel Beck, a former builder and operating engineer who volunteered in different ways before and after his retirement, passed away Feb. 20.
       He was 70. A Vietnam War veteran who moved here from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he had lived on the Westside since 1972.
       Services will be Sunday, March 5, with a graveside service through Blunt Mortuary at 2 p.m. in Fairview Cemetery, followed by a celebration of his life at 3:30 p.m. at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) building, 2150 Naegele Road.
       Born Oct. 27, 1946, he died Feb. 20 in the house that he had built at 825 N. 25th St.
       Joel was formally recognized in December by Penrose-St. Francis Health Services for having donated 100 gallons of blood going back to 1983. According to the hospital, only one other man in Colorado is known to have given that much.
       In an interview at that time, he said the main reason he started donating blood was “to help other people.” The body can replenish its blood supply, he noted, and in the meantime, “I'm giving to somebody who needs it.”
       Other volunteer efforts included serving on the boards of the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN), Care and Share and the Colorado Springs Labor
Joel Beck is shown in the Penrose-St. Francis Hospital Blood Bank in December, making the donation that put him at the 100- gallon mark.
Andrea Sinclair photo, courtesy of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
Council. He also started a scholarship through his union (the International Union of Operating Engineers), Joel said in a previous interview with the Westside Pioneer.
       As the Meet a Westsider in the Pioneer Aug. 16, 2012, Joel responded to the question that starts “I'd like to discover…” with the words: “a way for people to get along with one another easier. Sure that's a pie-in-the-sky dream, but I would like to see that.“
       His “pet peeve” in that interview was “people who don't do what they say they're going to do - they don't take responsibility for their commitments.”
       Joel was preceded in death by his wife Patricia, his parents and four of his siblings. He is survived by his sister Joyce and brother Jerome, and by his son Joel, daughter Joyce and two grandchildren.
       The family requests that any monetary donations be made to the American Heart Association or to the Penrose Hospital Blood Bank for a blood donation in Joel's name.
       To see his 2007 Meet a Westsider in the Westside Pioneer, go to this link; for the article on reaching the 100-gallon blood-donation milestone, go to this link.

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(Posted 2/24/17; Community: In Memoriam)

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