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When I was in the second grade Joel, Collin, and I were really good friends. I moved to Houston, and I got older, so I didn't really stay connected. My
Aunt and Uncle became Joel's neighbors and so I would see him occasionally. I always wanted to become friends with Joel again, but I never did. It doesn't make me miss him any less. I hope that wherever he is, he is still kind and silly.

Posted by: ghensiri - asheville, NC   Sep 29, 2012

Joel would occasionally come over to our home for sleep overs and just hang out. I remember Joel was a good friend to my son Justin Krainz when they were in 6-8th grade. Please know that your Joel was a polite and very kind young man! Unfortunately my son went to a different high school and they lost touch a bit over time.

I can not imagine your sorrow on the loss of your precious son Joel. I know you will miss your treasured sweetheart, his smile and tender heart will be missed!!

Elizabeth Krainz

Posted by: Elizabeth Krainz - Austin, TX - Mom of Joel's friend   Feb 12, 2012

Dear Trish,
How can I say how sorry and how our hearts ache for you.
I am thinking of you always, especially tonight..
What a wonderful and amazing family you have brought into this world.
It is not how much a person loves but how much they are loved.
Joel was loved by many.

Lisa and Bonner

Posted by: lisa cordelle - austin, TX - friend   Feb 11, 2012

Joel. i have so many funny memories. like your 18th birthday party when you managed to walk to the kitchen at 4 in the morning WHILE ASLEEP. but like a true friend you woke up at 730 the morning after your party to jump my car when my battery died. ill never forget you friend. ill think of you every time i wonder down to the creek where you used to take me. or anytime im listening to one of the cds you gave me. it was real man. mad love brother.

Posted by: Diego Marroquin    Feb 06, 2012

Most of my memories of Joel are from when we were both small. I remember loving to spend time with him when I would come hang out with Nick; I think I even irritated Nick at least once doing it. One memory that stands out in my mind is we had this game where I'd ask Joel to 'roar' then I would pretend to run away scared and Joel would laugh and laugh. He was such a cool and sweet kid.

I know he'll be deeply missed by a lot of people. I'm so sorry for your loss.


Posted by: Chase Dalton - New York, NY   Feb 05, 2012

Trish - my heart breaks for you and your family, and for the sadness of the past few years. Your tribute to Joel is so beautifully done and captures the joy he brought to your lives. I hope those memories help carry you through the difficult days and months ahead.

All my prayers are with you -


Posted by: Marcy Goodfleisch - Austin, Texas   Feb 03, 2012

Words cannot express my sorrow for your loss. I want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

With deepest sympathies,

Posted by: Dawn R. Handley - Austin, TX   Feb 02, 2012

May Joel rest in peace and may God wrap his arms around the family and give them strength and understanding.

Posted by: God's friend    Feb 02, 2012

I was blessed to have met Trish and her boys soon after moving to Austin. They were and have always been family to ours. Joely you will be missed. Rest in peace with your big brother. Love to you and your family always.

Posted by: Brooke Luciano - Austin, TX - Friend   Feb 02, 2012

Joel I will always remember our times in middle school and high school, chillin at your place. Always have a place in my heart for you, I know your in a more peaceful place than anyone on this earth. Love you man.

Posted by: Justin    Feb 02, 2012