Curtis Van Alen Joyce – died March 18, 2014

Mar 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Joyce Obituaries

Curtis Van Alen Joyce of Portland, Oregon, formerly of Roanoke, passed from this world into the arms of his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Curt is survived by his wife, Melissa Wilder Joyce, and their puppy, Cooper, of Portland; his mother, Marjorie W. Joyce; his father and stepmother, James C. Joyce, Jr. and Linda S. Joyce. Also surviving are his sister, Sara Joyce Phelan and her husband Rob, son R.J. as well as daughters Victoria and Savannah Grace; his younger brother, Jeffrey Scott Joyce and his wife Stacy Robinson Joyce. Jeff and Stacy were looking forward to being together with Curt and Melissa as they move to Portland, Oregon, on March 30, 2014.

Curt is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Nancy B. Wait and paternal grandparents, J. Curtis Joyce and Jeanne Scott Joyce and numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins. Curt is also survived by many close friends who shared his love of life and deep philosophical discussions about its meaning. His maternal grandfather, Harold Van Alen Wait, Jr. died in 2009.

At the time of his death, Curt was doing what he loved. He had been on a 12 day kayaking trip in the Grand Canyon with eight of his very close friends and was found on flat water near the end of this adventure. He was an expert kayaker, with special water safety training.

Curt graduated from Patrick Henry High School where he enjoyed playing Varsity Baseball. He was proud to have been selected to make the travel team for Roanoke Youth Hockey. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed being on the water, whether kayaking, rafting, swimming, sailing or surfing. An accomplished photographer, he always had several cameras with him when he was hiking or kayaking.

Curt graduated from JMU where he majored in Geographic Science. He worked at WSI Data as a Remote Sensing Field Technician and also at Wet Planet as a white water River Guide, Instructor and Support Kayaker.

His wife Melissa said one of Curt’s special qualities was his ability to be fully present in the moment. She remembers his taking her hand to share with her the beauty of the stars, or to take in an amazing sunset.

On Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2 p.m., there will be a Celebration of Curt’s life at South Roanoke United Methodist Church, 2330 South Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA.

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