Joe (“Joey”) Howlett died when his house collapsed on September 12, 2013, during recent flooding in Jamestown, Colorado. He was born in Portland, Oregon, on April 16, 1941, to Chester and Virginia Howlett. He attended Central Catholic High School for three years before transferring to St. Bonafice in Sublimity, Oregon, for his senior year. He played halfback in the Oregon East-West Shrine Game in 1959. He worked his way through Portland State University as a clerk at Strohecker’s Grocery Store, then served as a salesman for Pendleton Woolen Mills Company. He moved to Colorado in 1969. With his former wife, Susie, he bought the Jamestown Mercantile (fondly known as the “Merc”) in 1986, reviving the business into the small mountain community’s gathering spot. After his retirement in 2010, he maintained an active role in the business and the town. He will be remembered for his loving sincerity and great generosity. He is survived by his son, Zach Howlett; and his brothers, Chet and Richard Howlett; and by many dear friends. Share memories of his joyful life at http://joey-howlett.last-memories.com/. To help rebuild the Merc as the heart of a recovering Jamestown, please make memorial contributions to the new owners—Rainbow and Adam Shultz and their two small children—whose home and livelihood have been devastated by the disaster (Jamestown Mercantile, P.O. Box 59, Jamestown, CO 80455). Joe’s memorial will be held at the Greenbriar Inn, located at the intersection of Highway 36 and Lefthand Canyon (8735 Foothills Highway), from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M on Saturday, October 19, followed by music at Wapos (4929 N. Broadway) from 3 to 6 P.M. There will be a $20 suggested donation to cover food expenses and benefit the town. (Thanks to Steve E. for the great photo.)
In this video from 2005, Joey is doing one of the things he loved best, leading the Kazoo band in the Jamestown’s Worlds Goofiest 4th of July Parade.