Joseph Patrick Kammerer was born in San Bernadino California to Bernard Kammerer and Joan Mullen. He was raised in Campbell, CA where he graduated (luckily, because he was a bit of a hellion in his teen years!) from Westmont High School. Coming from an aquatic family, Joe was always in the water, first swimming, then springboard diving. He attended De Anza Community College where he honed his diving skills, leading him to a diving scholarship at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Joe was a great contribution to their team not only with his commitment to the sport, but his love for his teammates and positive, caring attitude toward all. Joe earned his Civil Engineering degree from the “U” and participated in the Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) Rotational Internship in Engineering program and from that experienced was hooked; he worked for UDOT (with a couple of short stints at private firms in between) for the duration of his career. Joe finished his career with UDOT as the Project Manager over the Mountain View Corridor (MVC) and took tremendous pride in his team building, fairness, emphasis on safety, and integrity in every aspect of this important work. Joe considered his MVC team and all his colleagues at UDOT his family.
While at the “U”, Joe met the love of his life, Roxanne Larrabee, and married her in November 1984. He became the proud parent of Hannah Marie Kammerer in 1991 and Audrey Ann Kammerer in 1993. The greatest dad on the planet is an understatement. His passion for fitness, the outdoors, competitive cycling (he completed 11 consecutive LOTOJA races – google it if you don’t know how grueling this one is!), his organic garden, and beekeeping were second only to his love for his daughters. Joe taught them personal inner strength, not to let anyone push them around because they are women, nor to limit themselves in what they can do in this world for the same reason. Joe was the most patient father in conversation; problem solving, car maintenance, boys, bees…whatever the topic, Joe was a careful listener. He taught his family to be the same.
Joe is survived, and will be greatly missed by Audrey, Hannah, and Roxanne Kammerer, his mother, Joan, his best friend and older brother, Bob, his brothers Tim and Sam, and his sister, Jenny, who may finally rest from his teasing. He is additionally survived by numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews who loved and admired the uncle and man Joe was. His love and legacy of passion for life and compassion for all will survive in each and every person he knew.
60 years young. A celebration of his awesome life will be held at Starks Funeral Parlor on Friday, June 28, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please use the complimentary valet parking provided on the north side of the building.
In lieu of flowers, please love your family and/or contribute to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Ride on, Joe, Ride on and ALWAYS wear your helmet!