Joseph B. Neil, 91, died peacefully at home after a brief illness.
He rose to B-52 commander in the Air Force, retiring as a major, and had a second career with the California Conservation Corps where he served ultimately as a district director. Between careers he sold yachts and operated a restaurant in the Hollywood district in Southern California. Later, in Northern California, he operated a café, worked as a fishing guide and ran tour boats on the Klamath River.
Joe was a passionate fly fisherman, a skilled sailor, a published author and poet, and a voracious reader. He lived for 20 years in Lewiston where he spent most of his time acquainting himself with the fish and the waters of Lewiston Lake. In interludes, he worked at the Trinity Fly Shop, wrote articles for Anglers Update, became a regular “Mocha Joe” at Mamma Llama’s and joined Kate Hulbert’s ‘Writing My Life’ class.
In 2019 he and his wife moved close to family in Huntington Beach.
He is dearly missed by his wife Suzan; his children Blake Lane, Randy English and Lori Loustaunau; his grandchildren Robert, Rachel, Ryan and Janelle; his great-grands Madison, Ava and Harley; and, of course, by Bandit, the fish-thieving eagle of Lewiston Lake.
Funeral arrangements to be arranged, post-COVID-19.