Joel Thomas Eads

Durango resident Joel Thomas Eads died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at his home. He was 30.

Mr. Eads was born to Lyle and Darcy Eads on Jan. 2, 1983, in Durango. He graduated from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2001 and had lived in this area for 16 years.

Mr. Eads worked for Fine Wood Interiors in Durango.

“He was a skilled cabinetmaker and finishing carpenter,” his family said. “He began his apprenticeship under his Uncle Erik Enriquez after graduating from high school. His custom woodwork can be found in some of Durango’s finest homes.

An avid reader, Mr. Eads owned hundreds of books. He also loved to write and filled countless journals with his thoughts. His dogs, Maynard and Turtle, were faithful companions and often accompanied him wherever he went.

Mr. Eads also loved the outdoors. He snowboarded, hiked, backpacked and enjoyed riding his bike. He also enjoyed his time with friends, playing pool and watching films.

“Joel was a compassionate, caring and loving individual,” his family said. “He never hesitated to stop what he was doing to give someone a hand. He often spent time at his grandparents’ house to see if there was anything they needed done and to take time to visit with them over a cup of coffee.”

His family said he was dearly loved.

“His death has caused much pain and heartache, and those who miss him long to see him again in paradise,” they said.

Mr. Eads is survived by his parents, Lyle and Darcy Eads, of Dolores; brothers Jordan Eads, Jamin Eads and Jesse Eads, all of Dolores; grandparents Jim and Kay Hopper of Durango and Aloha Eads of Denver; great-grandmother Helen Prough of Durango; former wife, Shannon Kinne, of Cortez; and seven uncles, seven aunts and 17 cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center, 21176 County Road S, 7½ miles north of Cortez on Colorado Highway 491, then three-quarter mile west on County Road S.

Mr. Eads died by suicide.