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MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO DARREL "JOSH" JOSELYN OF SKYKOMISH
November 19, 2013
(SKYKOMISH, WA) -- A beloved local resident and iconic figure in Skykomish passed away October 21.
His name was Darrel "Josh" Joselyn and as local story teller and chronicler of events Marilyn Martin put it, " I'm not sure if you knew him, but he was probably the most famous person in town. I can't tell you home many times I'd be out of town and tell someone were I lived, and they ask if I knew Josh."
Mr. Joselyn was many things. Husband, father, grandfather, fireman, peace officer, a well known tow-truck man in the upper valley and town icon.
Ms. Martin put together the heartfelt video tribute to Josh that you see below. It tells who he was and just how many lives he touched along the way.
The Skykomish Fire Department said of Josh:
"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darrel "Josh" Joselyn on Monday, October 21, 2013. Josh, as he was known to his friends, began his service to the Skykomish community in the fire department in 1954, at the age of fourteen.
He responded to calls by riding his bicycle to the fire hall when the siren blew. In 1967 Josh became assistant Fire Chief.
In 1975 Josh helped form King Co. Fire Protection District #50. In 1988 Josh became Chief of KCFD #50, and served as Chief until 1992. Josh continued to serve the district as a Captain until he retired in 2005.
Josh was also a major factor in towing in our state and his company was an anchor for the Ski Area business and heavy volume of traffic that traveled into Leavenworth each weekend.
He was long time WTTA member, and the very first "Tow Road-E-O," which we believe was the first official gathering of towers for the purpose of education, fun, and companionship ever held in the country, was organized by Josh and a few other towers and held in Skykomish.
Josh was the ultimate teacher of the "team" theory when it came to keeping the road open as nothing moved until josh arrived with the ambulance or a tow truck.
Countless WSP troopers and deputies learned his methods from the 60's to the 90's, when he sold the station."
A memorial honoring Darrell Joselyn was held in Skykomish on Friday, November 8, 2013.