Joseph L. Hall

Joseph L. HallJoseph Leonard Hall passed away Aug. 25, 2020. He was 63 years old and left this Earthly plain much too soon. We miss him every minute of every day.

He was born Oct. 2, 1956, to Marge and Howard Hall of Freehold, N.J. Joe was the baby of the family, the youngest brother of Bill, Brian, and Bruce Hall.

He was also the husband to Marie Odette; father to Vickie; and father-in-law to Chesli. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, brother and sister in laws, cousins, aunts, and uncles and so many, countless others.

He was a friend to everyone he met. He was an all-around fun guy, joker, cool dude, and cats loved him.

He graduated from Marlboro High in 1974. Following that he joined the Air Force. During that time, he met Marie Odette Michaud, at the Yacht Club in Maine. They clicked and were the loves of each other’s lives. In 1976, they got married. They had a baby in 1978.

Joe remained in the military until the early 1980s, when he began employment with defense contractors, doing everything from radar to GPS systems. They moved to Ridgecrest and he worked at China Lake NAWS for more than 20 years.

Joe loved listening to music and missed his calling as a DJ. His favorite bands were Floyd, Zepplin, Yes, Steely Dan, among many others. Music was not only a great source of joy in Joe’s life, but something that kept him going through his later years; something that brought him solace. It remains a point joy for many of those close to Joe to listen to the artists that he loved in the wake of his passing.

Another interest of Joe’s was computers, gadgets, and programming. His job was always very involved in some facet of the aforementioned. He was a whiz—and this was something that spanned throughout his time on this Earth. He had the newest gadgets, and he loved the challenge of tinkering and figuring things out.

Joe was diagnosed in the mid- 1990s with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. He was a strong man, that met the disease head on. He chose to face the many issues he encountered throughout this horrible disease with levity, laughter, and sarcasm. Something that those from the outside looking in couldn’t understand. He sought to ease others concerns, feelings, and sorrow regarding his condition. Even though he was the one suffering, he made sure that others were OK. A very rare individual.

So, with immense pain and grief, I write this to let all of you know that a wonderful human being has passed. There is truly a void that will never again be filled. He was such a tremendously decent human being. He leaves behind all of us that will miss him with so much intensity. He has become part of the Universe. How I wish you were here.

— Submitted by the family of Joe Hall

Story First Published: 2020-10-02