It is with great sadness that the family of Joseph Patrick Calhoun announces his passing, on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the age of 70 years. He was born August 28, 1948 in Gary, IN to Thomas J. Calhoun and Dorothy R. (Lewis) Calhoun Cullum. As a child, Joe lived in Hobart, IN and then moved to Spanaway, WA in 1962 when his mother married James Elgin Cullum. Elgin became Joe’s beloved step-dad who taught him about business, life, hard work and passed along a love of appaloosa horses.
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Joe was a 1966 graduate of Bethel High School in Spanaway, WA. He served in the United States Army Company C, 2nd Battalion (Airmobile), 7th Cavalry and later the 1st Cavalry. During his military service from 1968-1970 as an infantryman he was a decorated serviceman who was awarded several commendations and medals of valor for his tour in Vietnam.
Upon returning home from the service, Joe went on to earn an Associate in Liberal Arts degree in 1971 from Tacoma Community College. In 1972, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in business.
After working a few different jobs, Joe began his long career with the company that his dad, Elgin, had originally formed. Tacoma Screw Products, Inc. was Joe’s second family where he started in the sales department and later became a branch manager. He retired after 39 years in 2015. Joe made many lifelong friends at TSP and truly enjoyed his time there.
If you knew Joe you would know that his family was his everything. He was a man who had unconditional love for his children and made each one feel special. Joe adored being around his grandchildren and if he had plans to see them he would be sure to make a batch of cupcakes to bring along. He felt at home in the outdoors and passed this adoration to his children. He enjoyed camping and fishing, especially with his brother. The remarkable thing about Joe was the sense of calm that he possessed at all times. He had a kindness in his eyes that was welcoming, always gave the family hugs and never left a family gathering or hung up a call without saying, “I love you”.
Joe was married to his high school sweetheart, Linda Lindbo, from 1970 to 1982 and they had three children, Danielle, Travis, and Teneille. In 1991, Joe married Teresa (Fordham) Calhoun. They met while their then 12-year old sons were in little league. They had one child, Joshua, together.
Joe will be lovingly remembered by his four children, Danielle Kulman, Travis (Vivienne) Calhoun, Teneille Calhoun, and Joshua (Miranda) Calhoun. He will also be fondly remembered by his eight grandchildren, Parker, Carson and Delaney Kulman, Johnathan and Joey Sanford, Harper and Grayson Calhoun, and Kiron Calhoun, by his brother, Mic (Jackie) Calhoun. Joe was predeceased by his wife, Teresa Calhoun, step-son, Rusty Clark and his brother Thomas Calhoun, Jr.
Joe’s children extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to Joe’s nephew, Michael Calhoun, brother, Mic Calhoun, Dave Connelly, and son-in-law to be, Shane Youells for volunteering to help with his care in the final weeks. We will be forever grateful for your support and could not have done it without you. The family also thanks the staff of Madigan Army Hospital and the Franciscan hospice team for their care through this process. We also want to thank Dave Farren for his lifelong friendship and frequent visits with Joe.
Per his wishes, a private memorial service in memory of Joe will be held in late April. The arrangements are currently being finalized. Family and friends will be invited to attend. To inquire further and be placed on our notification list, please message the family at Joe.Calhoun.Memorial@gmail.com for details.