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Joseph ‘Joey’ Onell Escobar

Joseph “Joey” Onell Escobar, 32, died July 9, 2017, in Eagle River.

He was born on Dec. 28, 1984, in Anchorage.

He resided in Ketchikan from September 1993 to September 1996. He attended Schoenbar Middle School. He also resided in Palmer, where he attended Colony High School, and Eagle River.

“Joey was known to all as an extremely kind and compassionate person with an unmatched sense of humor,” his family writes. “He made friends instantly with any and every one he met. Joey's smile would light up a room instantly and he is remembered as being one who always loved and encouraged others ...

“His friends and family remember his incredible gifts in music, art and writing, especially poetry,” his family writes. “A few of his big interests were movies and music, especially Britney Spears and everything about the Golden Girls.”

He was employed in the electronics department of Fred Meyer Eagle River.

Mr. Escobar was a member of the Nazarene Church.

In 2006, he was diagnosed with end stage renal failure related to a childhood illness.

Mr. Escobar was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Donald and Beverly Lambert; and uncle, John Lambert.

He is survived by his father, Tony (Diana) Escobar; mother, Margie (Kevin) Pillsbury; siblings, Nicholas (Abigail) Escobar, Priscilla (Chris) Dark, Jovan (Katherine) Escobar, Charlee Escobar and Tristan Escobar; paternal grandparents, Nicholas and Miriam Martinez; uncles, Nicholas Martinez, David Lambert and Don Lambert; aunts Marisol (Jesus) Colon and Elizabeth (Kevin) Dennis; niece, Hadassah Escobar; nephew Holland Dark; and many cousins and other family members. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Donald and Beverly Lambert and his uncle, John Lambert.

A celebration of life will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the Palmer Senior Center, 1132 S. Chugach St. in Palmer.

Donations may be made to the Alaska Kidney Foundation, Alaska Alzheimer's Association or another charity.