|Joe Raymond Adams|
|Written by Valley View Staff|
|Monday, 09 January 2012 13:49|
Joe Raymond Adams, an Alaska fisherman and skilled cabinet maker, died at the home of his daughter December 23, 2011 in Bothell, Washington. He was 66.
Mr. Adams graduated from Ballard High School in 1963. He studied painting and sculpture at the University of Oregon.
Upon taking a term off, he was drafted into the army and sent to Vietnam as a forward spotter for an artillery unit.
He began fishing summers while still in high school as a skiffman aboard the Antartica. Over the years he saved money to buy the troller Evelyn F and finally the troller Rocket which gave him the nickname among Southeast Alaska fishermen of “Rocket Joe.”
For the last several decades, Mr. Adams worked as a remodeler and cabinet maker in Duvall, Whidbey Island, Ballard and California. He went about his work with few words but impressive results. His interest in art translated into elegant furniture, which reflected his positive, steady outlook and imagination.
He is survived by his daughter Anna Nanavati, her husband, Anish; grandson Shail Nanavati and brother Bob Adams.
A memorial service for Mr. Adams was held on January 7th at the Vincent School House, 8010 W Snoqualmie Valley Road NE, Carnation, WA 98014.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to “Unmet Needs” at http://www.vfwofwa.org/donate.html.