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Joel Brinkley

Joel M. Brinkley

Tuesday, March 21st, 1978 - Friday, February 14th, 2020
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Joel Michael Brinkley, 41, of Longmont was born in Wichita, Kansas on March 21, 1978. Soon after his birth, his parents, Torrey and Vicky Brinkley, took their children, and went off to serve as church planters with the Mennonite Brethren Missions & Services in Spain. On the airplane ride over to Spain, Joel was seen by actor Ricardo Montalban.

Joel attended the American School of Madrid, and later Kings College, where his class once greeted the Queen of England. Part of his youth was spent traveling all over Spain, which was full of mountains and real castles. He also visited France's historic landmarks; the ancient Roman aqueducts; Portugal's creative fishing and expeditionary ships; England's castles and museums; and Switzerland's tall mountains. There were also trips back and forth across the USA, from New York to California.

He formed a whole new persona upon coming back to the US in 1990, and made new lifelong friends, with whom he enjoyed climbing, snow fun and various trips. Joel mastered many skills, and even helped manage a Game Force video game store while in high school. He also promoted many computer games and gaming systems fresh from Japan.

He formed Little People Productions soon thereafter. He was a record spinner; organized many concerts and Raves in the Denver-Boulder area; and encouraged many others to pursue this youth entertainment.
Joel had amazing computer skills, and could fix or rebuild them to suit any need. He put some of his creations on Youtube and encouraged his nephew, Damien, to do the same.....which efforts have blessed many observers.

Joel also learned cinema projection, and was the lead projectionist for Boulder's Present Tense Film series, with Dr. Ellen Maslow (daughter of the famous Abraham Maslow). This endeavor was supported by the Jarrod Polis Foundation. Later on, Joel was the main projectionist for the Boulder Outdoor Cinema for several summers.

One could only be impressed when listening to Joel's music, as he played his guitar and sang songs that almost replicated the exact sounds of Bob Dylan.

Joel enjoyed living with his two cousins, Scott Brines and Adrian Martinez, in Los Angeles for a while; and resided in downtown Boulder, Colorado and downtown Denver, Colorado.

He helped his father do research on 5 class action lawsuits for automotive safety issues, aiding Litigation Support Services of Southern California.

Joel also developed his own style of artwork after a trip to Barcelona, Spain, captivated by the amazing Gaudi. Several of Joel's art and photography pieces are on display and have toured around Italy, which he donated for a little boy with an incurable disease. After he contracted M.S. in 2007, he enjoyed photography, being fascinated by Rocky Mountain grandeur and God's beauty displayed in colorful flowers. He studied astronomy, enjoyed the Denver Nuggets basketball team, and raced computer game sports cars, which he was able to decorate with his artistic skills.

Joel was baptized in a Berthoud, Colorado park swimming pool by Grace Place Church, where he faithfully attended men's Bible studies. He also served in a new youth-oriented church, Blue Sky, in downtown Loveland, Colorado, and attended Abundant Life Church in Mead, Colorado the last few years. Several have stated that he was bold in sharing his faith in Jesus, no matter the personal cost.

Joel has been blessed and gave much of his attention to nephew, Damien Kinsley; and nieces Rebecca, Ariana and Skylar. They will carry his memory with them. He has been graciously treated and helped by many precious care givers in the past few years, and graced by visits and outings with other dear friends that sustained him during this tough journey with a cruel illness.

Joel is also survived by his parents, Torrey and Victoria; two brothers, Jon Brinkley and Jason (Deanna) Brinkley; aunts, Kathlene Henry Gorman and Allison Henry Plotts, both of central California; plus several other California, Michigan, Wyoming and Illinois relatives. Uncle Manuel Puentes of San Diego, California blessed Joel with a long personal phone call on the 1st of every month for 5 years of Joel's long illness, fulfilling God's admonition for us to continually encourage one another.

There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate Joel’s Life on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Abundant Life Church; 4380 Highway 66; Mead, Colorado 80542
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    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Abundant Life Church
    Address
    4380 Highway 66
    MEAD, CO 80542
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Gary Lloyd

Posted at 08:23pm
Vicky - I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. You were a pillar of strength to the Heritage M.S. family, and I know this came from a higher power! Thank you for all that you gave and the way that you served your community - God Bless - Gary Lloyd
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Christina Morquecho Kittinger

Posted at 10:39pm
I remember I had gone out to visit him, since he still lived in Mead. I’m hopeful that he is in a better place. He showed me and my daughter some of his favorite artwork. We both took pictures of staircases and chandeliers, which we thought was funny. I thought he was so eccentric for loving the zebra furniture the way he did but that was Joel. He liked to watch the stars and outer space, so we watched with him. I hope you are soaring and free Joel. I know it was a difficult journey.
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Dan And Lana Herrmann

Posted at 10:28pm
Our deepest condolences to the family. He maybe gone, but not forgotten. Joel will be greatly missed.
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Robert and Aya Newman

Posted at 07:41am
With eternal love from Japan.
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Michael and Monique Bickart

Posted at 01:36pm
Torrey and Vicky... There are no words to express how we feel about your loss. But we will all be reunited one Glorious Day as God has planned it.
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