Joel with his coho salmon caught out of Seiku, Washington
Joel grew up in Great Falls, Montana, with a fishing rod in one hand and a shotgun in the other. His father was an amateur archaeologist and my experiences with him exploring remnants of the lives of ancient people eventually led him to a 30-year career as an archaeologist and university professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. Joel loved his work and his students and continue a modest level of involvement in the discipline. His career focused on exploring the pre-European history of the arid west (Utah, Arizona, Nevada) for the most part, although he also pursued projects in Western Samoa and Jordan.
Joel working with a student in Petra, Jordan.
In 1978 I met and married Joyce Athay, who was raised in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. We were blessed with three children, a boy, David, and two girls, Jean and Renae. And they have reciprocated those blessings by producing nine grandchildren. Joyce worked as a writer and editor at BYU. We are both active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons).
As noted, Joyce is from the Northwest and her love of the area and her family resulted in spending vacation time at Cannon Beach and Seaside, Oregon, as well as the Olympic Peninsula. With our kids raised and retirement fast approaching, we made a decision to buy a place to build in the Port Townsend area. We now have a beautiful home in Cape George and my amazing wife opened her dream shop, World’s End, in 2013. Her shop continues to thrive.
My days are full with time divided among fishing, gardening, writing, helping Joyce in various shop-related tasks, and playing the guitar. I return to my Montana homeland on occasion to spend time with my brother and his family and do a little fishing and hunting. I am involved in the East Jefferson Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers group who are advocates for sustainable fishing in the Strait and Puget Sound. And I serve occasionally on our Cape George HOA Board.
And, oh yes, I love to play pickleball! It provides a way to pursue my love of racquet sports, and I truly enjoy the exercise and many friends on the court.
Janetski family gathering at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park.
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