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Joshua Lee Brashear

June 16, 1987 — January 2, 2024

Hesperus

Joshua Lee Brashear joined Jesus in heaven on January 2, 2024. Joshua was born on June 16, 1987 in Albuquerque, NM and grew up to be a very bright and witty young man. When he was four years old, the family moved to Hesperus, CO. Joshua attended Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary, New Life Academy, and Excel Charter School where he graduated in 2005 as Valedictorian of his High School class.


After High School, Joshua attended San Juan College in Farmington, NM receiving several computer certifications. He then attended New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech) in Socorro, NM receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Master of Science in Industrial Mathematics graduating with High Honors.


While attending NM Tech, Josh worked summers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, NM. After graduating from NM Tech, Joshua worked for the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAVAIR) China Lake in Ridgecrest, CA. Joshua held a Department of Energy (DOE) Q Clearance for both of these jobs. This work was so opposite to his moral beliefs and his loving and kind heart that he could not continue, so he returned back to his family home in Hesperus, CO where he spent the last five years of his life.


Josh was an amazing artist and enjoyed reading classic literature, philosophy, Russian history and poetry, learning Chinese and Japanese languages, and was always creating and running mathematical computations. At Christmas he enjoyed buying Legos, puzzles, and game teasers to work on together as a family. Josh had a very dry sense of humor and actually enjoyed springing it on people to see how they'd squirm to try and figure out what he really meant.


Growing up, Josh loved to go camping at the lake with MamaDee and Granddad and his cousins where they learned to waterski, build campfires, and skip rocks on the lake. Josh was so kindhearted that he would catch and release every spider, fly, and ant back to freedom outside. When he lived in Los Alamos, every week he enjoyed spending time with his Grandma Lois watching game shows together while eating Sonic hamburgers and visiting about the week - just enjoying each other's company.


At the age of seven Joshua accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at New Life Chapel (The River Church). At the age of sixteen, he rededicated his life to the Lord. This brings the family great comfort that Josh is now completely healed and at peace abiding with his Savior. Being his inquisitive self, we're sure he's talking God's ear off and asking a million questions about how everything works and is in awe with the answers he's receiving.


Joshua is survived by his parents Rodney and Marcella Brashear of Hesperus, CO; his brother Benjamin Brashear and wife Brittany of Durango, CO; maternal grandparents Wendell and Dee Seitz of Quitaque, TX; aunts and uncles: Sharon Seitz and Marilyn Pruitt of White Rock, NM, Karen Lebron of Santa Fe, NM, Brent and Nancy Talley of Los Alamos, NM, Ernest and Teresa Steinle of Salida, CO, Ken and Adrian Betts of Rio Rancho, NM, Dean and Gayle Burns of Los Alamos, NM, Michelle Lauenstein of Gig Harbor, WA, and numerous cousins.


Josh is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Robert and Lois Brashear and by his uncle and aunt Warren and Melody Brashear.


A Celebration of Joshua's life will be held Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 11:00 am at The River Church, 860 Plymouth Drive, Durango, CO. The family would love for you to bring a memory to write down and leave for them in the Memory Jar.

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