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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

Tim, Trish and Family,

My heart is broken at this sad news. I remember that little face you so beautifully captured in words. Each of those boys brought joy. Please know that each of you are in my prayers.

Posted by: Lisa Schafroth Sooter - Dallas, TX   Feb 10, 2012

Dear Trish,
I was heartbroken when I heard your news. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


Posted by: Dalina Dekker - Austin, TX   Feb 09, 2012

Trish, kindly receive my deepest sympathies on this loss. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts.
With Love,
Ed Gomez

Posted by: Ed Gomez - Austin, TX   Feb 09, 2012

Tim and family---Beth and I have all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of loss and reflection. From CS Lewis---the pain is great because the joy was immense.

Posted by: Peyton Smith - Austin, TX   Feb 09, 2012

When I met Joel he was like an instant friend. He made it a point to get to know me and my family. He was thoughtful and kind. He made me feel worth his while and that was his gift.

Posted by: Monica Carlson - Gillette, WY   Feb 07, 2012
Christmas 2009 in Wyoming with his Dad

Posted by: Tim Young    Feb 07, 2012
Joel at Thanksgiving 2011 with his roommate's puppies

Posted by: Tim Young    Feb 07, 2012
Joel, the Red Baron, in his WHS Lacrosse tee

Posted by: Tim Young    Feb 07, 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

Please accept my condolences on your tragic loss. It's so sad.

Posted by: Harvey Davis - Austin, TX   Feb 05, 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

Tim and family -
My thoughts are with you.
Vanita Trippe, Lehman Associates

Posted by: Vanita Trippe - Austin, TX   Feb 03, 2012

You are an Angel above watching over All you touched & love you Joel...
Sending prayers, thoughts, hugs, strength & love to the Young Family..

Posted by: Leslie Casillo - Stamford, CT   Feb 03, 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

Dear Joel,

We met in kindergarten and ever since then we've stayed close. Having just seen you a couple weeks ago I still can't believe you're gone, and I'm not sure I've fully gripped the reality of it yet. Remember the simple days? The days of biking around Lost Creek? The days of getting detention for throwing toys out the back of the bus tied to string? Oh, what misfits we were.
Today I took a walk down

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Posted by: Collin Finnigan - Austin, TX   Feb 02, 2012

To Joel's Family: We send our condolences, love and prayers.

Posted by: Andrea and Dennis - Houston, TX   Feb 02, 2012

To Trish and Family,
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Suling Homsy - Austin, TX   Feb 02, 2012

The instant that I met Joel, I understood why he was one of my son's most revered friends. He had a quick smile, a big heart and gave me a huge hug. He will be missed for sure. I am sorry for your loss and hope that you find some peace in the time to come. You are all in my prayers

Posted by: Dave Cutherell - Austin, TX   Feb 02, 2012

We are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you. Art & Jayne Hammock

Posted by: Art Hammock - Augusta, GA   Feb 02, 2012

Trish, I pray God's peace to you and your family in this time of lost. God is a comforter and peace giver.

Posted by: Juanita Jackson - Austin, TX   Feb 02, 2012

Rest in peace, Joel. I remember your quick smile, bright eyes and adventurous spirit. Such a tragic loss. Love and prayers to the family and friends you leave behind.

Posted by: Lila Gentry (Ryan's mom) - Southlake, TX   Feb 02, 2012

Joel Young. I only had the privilege of Joel's friendship for a short while but his innate benevolence was blatantly apparent to me from day one. Joel was one of those people who can be defined most simply as the embodiment of really nice, good guy. He didn't have a malicious bone in his body. My most vivid memory of Joel is the unique way he smiled; his happiness was absolutely infectious despite the devastating loss he faced during his

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Posted by: Cassidy Thorp - Austin, TX - Buddy from Huntington-Surrey   Feb 02, 2012

To Joel's family...
I am so very sorry for your loss!
May the memories of his life comfort you in this most difficult time.

Posted by: Monique - Austin, TX   Feb 02, 2012

Dear Joel,

We met in kindergarten and ever since then we've stayed close. Having just seen you a couple weeks ago I still can't believe you're gone, and I'm not sure I've fully gripped the reality of it yet. Remember the simple days? The days of biking around Lost Creek? The days of getting detention for throwing toys out the back of the bus tied to string? Oh, what misfits we were.
Today I took a walk down by the creek we

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Posted by: Collin Finnigan - Austin, TX - Friend   Feb 02, 2012

I met Joel a year ago, we spent a lot of time talking, and he was always a comfort to me. I met his family, who he said he adored. I have lost a lot of friends to various struggles, I hope he's at peace. Every day is a struggle, I send my prayers, thoughts & memories of Joel to Trish, Tim & both brothers. My mom met Joel & Tim and sends gets too.
Abby Martin

Posted by: Abby Martin - Huntsville, TX - friend   Feb 01, 2012

Tim, Brian and I are so, so sorry. Please know that you are in our thoughts during what we imagine can only be the most difficult of times.

Posted by: Andy Miller - Austin, TX   Feb 01, 2012

So sorry for your loss. Joel was an amazing young man. He and Harris have remained friends over the years. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by: Robbin Baker - Austin, TX   Feb 01, 2012

I am so sorry for your tremendous loss Tim. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

Posted by: Shannon Schiermann - Austin, TX   Feb 01, 2012

Tim, Trish, Greg, Nick, Drew,
I don't know what to say beyond how sad I am for the loss of such a bright, shining joy in your lives. My heart cries and I pray that you and your family know how many of us also mourn Joel's passing.
Sherry Dalton, Chase's Mom

Posted by: A friend   Feb 01, 2012

Unimaginable your loss, you and your family are held in my heart, thoughts, and prayers-

Posted by: Hans Bengtson - Austin, TX   Feb 01, 2012

May God bless and comfort you at this time of great loss.

Posted by: Sherri Fleming - Austin, TX   Feb 01, 2012

Joel, you have such an amazing spirit. you are a great friend. You light up a room and can find the silver lining in everything. i think of you often and always will. Thank you for bringing only happiness and good vibes to my life. Peace and love my friend, You have one of the most contagious personalities and outlooks on life, i love you mista young! thanks for everrryyyythhiiinnnnggg and ill be looking up to you for advice frequently :)

Posted by: Alli Marti - Ft. Collins, CO - Friend   Feb 01, 2012

My son, Justin, and Joel played soccer together for a number of years. I have the fondest memories of taking them - and a bunch of other boys - to practices and games. They were in middle school at the time and, looking back on it, it was a wonderfully sweet and innocent period for them all. My family's thoughts and prayers go with the family, and I will always remember Joel as the mischievous freckle-faced kid who could always bring a smile to my face. May Peace Be With Him.

Posted by: Mark Greenberg - Austin, TX - Friend   Feb 01, 2012

Joel, we weren't close, but when I was around you, your smile knew how to light up the place. I was always so happy to see you when I would go places. You were always nothing but nice and if I was ever in a bad mood, you'd cheer me up. It's hard losing a friend, everyone misses you. Your heart touched so many, but I know you'll do big things up there. Rest in peace.

Posted by: Lauren    Feb 01, 2012

Nothing written here will ease the pain of your loss but please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers and that Joel goes forward in the company of thousands of angels.

With love and shared sorrow.

Posted by: Pete Perialas - Austin, TX   Feb 01, 2012

We mourn this most dreadful and inconceivable loss with you.

Posted by: Mary Morrison - Austin, TX   Feb 01, 2012

Joel, I feel so honored to know that I had the pleasure
Of having such a genuine and loving friend. You were always there for me and most importantly you were there for me during my recent struggle with my brother. Your infectious smile could always brighten my day. I will never forget the times and the laughter and tears that we shared together. I know you are resting in peace now with Jimi and Jared. I can feel your energy

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Posted by: Morgan Hollingshead    Feb 01, 2012

Joel, I was not too big a part of your life as most, but I do remember all the great lacrosse games and football practices where you'd call me fat, all in good humor though. Through the past few days I have witnessed a tidal wave of love for you and your grace upon this earth. Rest in peace comrade.

Posted by: Taylor Martin - Austin, TX - old teamate   Feb 01, 2012

We pray that our Lord will give you and your family the deepest peace and comfort at this time.
Remember this-this in our temporary home, you will be reunited one day.

With Love and Prayers,
Dolores and Victor Mercado
Lisa, Yvette, and Eric

Posted by: Yvette Flores - Dale, TX   Feb 01, 2012

Damn bro, you were such a good dude and a great friend!

Posted by: chase mcconahy - new braunfels, TX   Feb 01, 2012

There are no words--with deepest sympathy and love.

Posted by: mary johnson - austin, TX   Feb 01, 2012
Joel & Collin Finnigan - kindergarten cohorts

Posted by: A friend   Feb 01, 2012
Joel & Eric Spoor, two freckle faced, red headed kindergarteners

Posted by: Jean Perdicaris Spoor    Feb 01, 2012

a peace that passes all understanding.....because there is no understanding.... I love you, dear Trish...and I painstakingly grieve with you & your family.

Posted by: Jean Perdicaris Spoor - Austin, TX   Feb 01, 2012

Such a sweet, kind, sensitive, caring kid. Joel, we love you and will always remember. Thanks for sharing your life with us. Our thoughts will be filled with many wonderful memories of you and all the times you spent with us. We love you.

Posted by: Kelly Slade - Austin, TX   Feb 01, 2012

Joel, I can never thank you enough for the joy you brought into my life. Whenever I was down you were there for me and I will never forget that. It seems just like yesterday that we met in the dorms at our first hall meeting. I knew instantly that I had met someone special and it wasn't long before we decided to move in together and became best buds. I remember how highly you spoke of Jared and how

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Posted by: Kyle Lindgren - Denver, CO - Friend   Feb 01, 2012

Wow, it's hard to believe that you're gone. It seems like only yesterday we were playing basketball on the black top at Forest Trail. Or getting blockbuster cards from Ms. Cassidy at West Ridge, for reasons known only to us. Or talking on facebook at 3am. You're going to be missed buddy by everybody that you knew and loved. Rest in Peace, hope to see you again one day.

Posted by: Jake Hibbert - Austin, TX - friend   Feb 01, 2012

Peace be with you.

Posted by: Meredith Planta - Taos, NM   Feb 01, 2012

Joel, your passing has been hard, i think everyone is going to feel pain of their great friend leaving the physical world. God has taken you for a reason, but there aren't words to explain how hard it is to come to terms that you've passed on to eternal life. I am sad because I am really going to miss your hugs and your brilliant personality, not to mention your sense of humor! Yet I know you have found peace,

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Posted by: Olivia Tomasco - new orleans, LA - friend   Feb 01, 2012

We had the opportunity to have Joel play with out travel team when he was in middle school. Always was a hard working player who gave it his all on the field. I remember he was injured for much of the summer but never complained and fought through his pain. So sad that he is not here anymore.

I can't imagine how hard this is for the family and we hope that Drew knows that all his lacrosse brothers are here to support him.

Posted by: Noah Fink - Austin, TX - Former Coach   Feb 01, 2012

Sweet Joel, you've touched so many lives in your short 19 years on this earth, including mine. Now you and Jared can be together again. You live on in our hearts. Love you

Posted by: Stephanie Collinge - Austin, TX - friend   Jan 31, 2012