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Joel David Mammen

Joel David Mammen left this world in the early morning hours of May 12th. He was 37 years old. He will be forever missed by his Mom and Dad, his sister Rachel, his “brother” Jaxon (our poodle), and a host of family and friends who loved and enjoyed him, though most of them often wanted to bonk him in the head.

Like most people, Joel was a complex individual – a good friend said he’d miss the “complicated, convoluted innocence of Joel”.

He was bright, and a deep thinker, as evidenced by his graduation with honors from ASU.

He was quirky, and witty, and tender-hearted in an endearing way, with a real heart for justice.

Another good friend described Joel as having a sweet character, and that his legacy is one of loyalty, love, determination, and a desire for the good, and that he appreciated Joel’s sense of humor and sensitive spirit. Joel was not perfect by any means, and he would be the first to protest if we pretended that was so. But Joel was all of those things, and more, when at his best. I’ll always wish that he could have seen that.

Joel was our movie expert – a veritable “Rainman” of movies, and he would like it very much if you’d watch Citizen Kane, Weekend at Bernie’s, a Zombie movie (yeah, not funny, right?) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  in his honor. He was also a lover of irreverent memes, The Bad Christian podcast, and poking people in the eyes with sharp sticks. (You know it’s true.)

He was my pal, our Joelster, and despite all of his quirks, Joel was loved and cherished by many.

In lieu of flowers, we suggest a donation to a foodbank where he helped. You can donate at using the category Joel Mammen Memorial or by following the instructions there to donate via text using the keyword joelmammenmemorial.


  • Dennis Toma Posted May 21, 2019 12:16 PM

    You will be missed gentle soul.I enjoyed our conversations and will miss them.

  • Kevin Hartke Posted May 21, 2019 4:24 PM

    I shared about Joel at our Food Box Give Away this afternoon. Joel volunteered here monthly. We circled around and prayed for his family. Joel… missed much!

  • Erin Hartman Posted May 21, 2019 4:52 PM

    What a beautiful tribute to Joel! Anxiously anticipating when we will be reunited in heaven! Sending hugs across the miles…

  • Greg and Patti Kerr Posted May 21, 2019 4:57 PM

    Wonderful memories, and may those who were closest to Joel always remember his strengths and most enduring qualities..The family remains in our prayers.

  • Sheila Marcum Posted May 21, 2019 5:51 PM

    I have missed you since I closed my restaurant, Enjoyed seeing you come in with your parents and talking about the books you enjoyed reading. I promise to make you French Toast when we meet again. Continued prayers for family.

  • Rebecca Jaurigui Posted May 21, 2019 6:24 PM

    I spent a lot of time at the Mammen’s house as a little girl. Joel was just a typical brother to me. He was always sweet to me. I am so grateful to have had him in my life.

  • Jami Dellaire Posted May 21, 2019 6:25 PM

    What a wonderful tribute to the sweet boy I remember babysitting when you lived in Bartonville. Dawn and I always loved babysitting your kids; Much love and prayers

  • Deborah Dawson Posted May 21, 2019 8:46 PM

    A beautiful tribute

  • Annette Tacker Posted May 22, 2019 6:31 AM

    Joel had a brilliant smile that would instantly cause smiles. His smile could be captured with just a glimpse of accompanying smile from his eyes.

  • Ben Baier Posted May 23, 2019 5:55 PM

    Joel was a tender-hearted man. His life might have been better if it were not so; ours, however, would not. The days tell `then` will be filled with shadows–ah, but then, we will see and be seen in the clear bright light of The Kingdom. What a day of rejoicing that will be!

  • Leilani Nissen Posted May 25, 2019 7:10 AM

    Although he will be tremendously missed, what I know to be true is that he stands beside Jesus and is completely at peace.

  • Roberta Livesay Posted June 17, 2019 11:15 AM

    This is such a beautiful tribute to Joel. Your hearts are aching and that ache will never fully go away, because you loved him so and he loved you. News of his passing brought a flood of memories, shock and tears. Praying for you all.

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