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Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781-1711
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Joel Lamson

Joel A. Lamson

Tuesday, March 31st, 1970 - Saturday, September 14th, 2019
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Joel Aaron Lamson passed from this life September 14, 2019 in Neosho, MO. He was 49 years old.

Joel was born March 31, 1970, to Jerry A. and Gail J. (Keithley) Lamson in Corona, CA.

He attended schools in Orange, CA graduating from Villa Park High School.

Joel was very gifted and had many talents. From an early age he was proficient with computers and was especially into Rubik Cubes, being a solver and collector of some of the most complex puzzles. There wasn't anything Joel couldn't accomplish. He was self-taught in guitar and was always working on new chord theories.
After high school and the Navy, Joel continued his education at Crowder College, getting an AS degree in Mechanical Engineering with an Alternative Energies Emphasis. He went on to get his BS and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Univ. of Missouri Rolla. Returning to Neosho, Joel was an instructor in Sustainable Energy (Solar) at Crowder College from 2009 to 2018.

Joel leaves behind his mother Gail Porter and step-father Charles "Pat" Porter, Redmond, OR, brother Jerry A. Lamson, Jr. (Jackie), Ottawa, KS, two Aunts, an Uncle, Niece & a Nephew.

No services are planned. Contributions can be made to the Joplin Humane Society, 140 E. Emperor Lane, Joplin, MO 64801 or

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Posted at 09:33pm
I meant Joel around 2010 at Crowder College where he was my solar instructor. We shared a common love for music and spent many nights playing guitar together. His passion was inspiring, his intelligence was extraordinary. We once joked about inventing a musical wind chime that played songs. He was also a fine disc golfer. I’m sorry to his family.

Josh and Jordan Jennings

Kate Rhoades

Posted at 11:46am
Our deepest condolences to Joel’s family. We are very sorry we are unable to attend the gathering of family and friends at the Maret Center tomorrow as we are out-of-town babysitting grandchildren.

Many, many years ago Joel was one of Jim’s chemistry students at Crowder College, and later both were colleagues at the college. Although Joel bought a house along the same road where we lived between Crowder and Neosho, we didn’t often see him. But one time he came with us to our cabin on Beaver Lake. It was very late in the season, the water was cold, and it was extremely windy. Yet Joel was determined to try sailing, even though I believe he said he had never sailed before. Although having the same basic scow design as a larger C-class boat she used to sail, Kate’s Butterfly sailboat was only twelve feet long - large enough for just one sailor. Joel had to challenge the huge waves and wind alone. Unfortunately the wind won, and Joel capsized. Somehow Joel managed to get himself and the boat back to shore. I’m very sorry I did not have my camera handy that day to commemorate Joel’s battle with the winds on Beaver Lake and returning like a cold, drenched, yet triumphant rat.

Even though the experiment was not the success he had envisioned, Joel solved the ultimate challenge.

Kate and Jim Rhoades

Debra Brown

Posted at 08:07am
Joel was a unique individual, one who was passionate in his interests, whether it was solar energy or Rubric cubes. He gave several cubes to my 16 year old son, who would visit me at work occasionally. My son was pretty obsessed with speed cubing at the time, attempting to beat the speed record, and Joel was very kind to him. I always looked forward to seeing him (we had offices next to each other at the Maret Center). I frequently listen to the CD Joel made for me, a compilation of violin music, all strings, that he loved. This kindness and empathy for others is what I will remember the most. My condolences to the family.

Helen Hale

Posted at 12:10pm
I am truly saddened by this loss. Joel would never want to tell anyone, but he donated a solar panel to Faithful Friends Animal Advocates for their electronic gate, after he came out and assessed that there wasn't enough power for the gate as it was installed. Joel had such a passion for animals, I always encouraged him to get another dog, but after losing his dog several years ago, he said he couldn't bring himself to get another one. Joel was kind to me, I will never forget the long conversations I had with Joel after I would give his students their final exam. It was a special test that couldn't be given by the instructor, so I was the approved proctor for it; he always waited around to make sure things went well and then we would talk -- for hours -- about everything and nothing. One day, he knew I was really busy in my office and probably wouldn't take a lunch break, so he brought me some pizza that he had baked in a solar oven. Joel talked to me about his passion for learning guitar, for creating music that nobody else had heard before. He talked to me about his fascination with these large robot animals that he would watch youtube videos of the way the engineer designed them to move in a beautiful, rhythmic way. Joel was my friend, my work colleague, a fellow animal lover. I will miss him deeply. To the family, I am very sorry for your loss.

Stuart Werner Baur

Posted at 01:07am
You will be missed! Prayers to Joel's family.

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