Joseph John Mittleider peacefully passed away at home in Boise, Idaho on Monday March 28th 2016 after a long courageous battle with neuroendocrine carcinoma. He leaves behind his wife Kendra and dog Banzai.
Joe was born on May 23rd 1979 in Nampa Idaho to father Harold Mittleider and mother Mai Mittleider. Growing up he could be found with his older sister Lesah, searching for entertainment with his younger brother John, and protecting his younger sister Ann. Joe was valedictorian of his class at Eagle High School, went to The College of Idaho where he received a bachelor’s degree, and then moved on to Boise State for a second degree. After college, Joe studied to be a CPA, and was employed with businesses in both Oregon and Idaho.
Joe met Kendra Misbach through a mutual friend, and they became inseparable before and after their marriage in 2007. The couple enjoyed playing tennis, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and even trained for a half marathon after Joe’s diagnosis because he “just wanted to run one”. The bond they had was very special, and as Joe went through his cancer journey they shifted their focus towards clean living and urban farming – a unique lifestyle that few people would take on.
Joe excelled at everything he put his mind to. Joe’s competitive spirit and determination was something to admire before and after his diagnosis, and though he put everything he had into curing his cancer, he would be a beautiful spirit taken too soon.
Joe is survived by his wife Kendra, his parents Harold and Mai, his brother John, his sisters Lesah and Ann, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary.
Joe requested to be cremated, and did not want a formal service or donations. He instead wanted a celebration of his life, which will be held on his birthday May 23rd from 4:30 – 7pm. It will be an open house celebration at Catalpa Park, which is where he played tennis, threw Frisbees, ran, and took his last walk outside.
Joe, Kendra, and his family want to thank all of the staff at MISTI, the St. Luke’s Hospice team, and so many family, friends, and students who contributed what they could through various fundraisers. The support was felt always.
Joe was a wonderful man and I’m so thankful that Kendra and Joe had the time they did together. He brightened our lives and brought so much happiness to our Kendra. What an amazing man of character. So blessed to have him included in our family! Praying for comfort for all that loved Joe!