Joel D. Wells

Profile Updated: April 12, 2018
Residing In: Spokane, WA USA
Spouse/Partner: Jackie
Occupation: Ironworker
Children, grandkids? GREAT GRANDKIDS? Age and names: We are a blended family and have quite a troop between the 2 of us.

8 Children and 20 Grandchildren
Bryan More…and Chris, born in 75; Jalene, 77; Dale and Jaime, 78; Rachel, 80; Joshua, 81; Michael, 85;

Eric Jon born 1979 died 1983

Grandkids: Hannah, Bailey, Tyler, Cody, Sarah, David, Christopher, Ben, Megan, Zion, Esperanza, Toby, Sydney, Donovan, Luke, Zachary, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Ian and Sonya
Current interests, hobbies, passions:

For about ten years (03-12), my wife Jackie and I divided our lives and time between Africa and the USA. We worked as Missionary's living in Jeffery's Bay South Africa, working there and also in the nation of Malawi. We developed an educational tool called the PAL - Portable Academic Lapdesk. We moved back to Spokane in 2012 to start our own non-profit. Check it out at Along with working full time until I can retire we also take teams to Malawi once a year and distribute lapdesks to rural schools that literally have nothing.

I still love to hunt and fish. I have taken several deer since moving back but haven't gotten an elk in years but I have taken an African Blesbok and Mountain Reedbok. I do a lot of my hunting today with the camera and love doing African Safaris which we try to do every year.

Whatcha been up to since Mead 1970?

I worked construction around the NW for many years and finished my career at Kaiser Mead. Then I took advantage of a one year opportunity in South Africa that turned into 10 and will be a part of our lives for ever as we travel back and forth. I am currently working as an Ironworker and look forward to full retirement in 2018

A Memorable Mead Moment

Scott Eymer was running for ASB President And part of his campaign strategy was handing out buttons. They were entitled, "What's an Eymer". I still have one of the silly buttons.

Do you still hang out with any classmates?

Lynn Russell and I are still close friends as well as Steve Moran. My good friend Ken Austin past away several years ago.

What teacher made the greatest impression on you and why?

Well, Coach Stone, of course. He was the wrestling Coach and in those days, wrestling was my sport. He helped me grow up and mentered me along the way. He was a great role model for me to follow.

What have you always wanted to do that you haven't done yet?

Ok, the Bucket List, was that a great movie or what? First of all I do have a Bucket List - do you? Some items on my list are: Visit more of the continent of Africa and more of Europe; climb Kilimanjaro, go on a family cruise with all the kids and grandkids and go Moose hunting with my son Dale.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

I have seen Victoria Falls 9 times, been on multiple safari's, and got a speeding ticket by driving too fast on the freeway in Botswana in the donkey cart zone. I have been in 22 countries and would like to get to a lot more.

2015 Update HERE

what's new with me is our work in Africa. It has brought some true fulfillment to my life as I know we are changing lives of teachers and students in Zambia and Malawi.

Joel D.'s Latest Interactions

Joel D. Wells has left an In Memory comment for Steven A. Moran.
May 17, 2019 at 1:33 PM

What a great guy! His creative and artistic talents were brought to life in every fishing rod and fly he made. Happy trails to Steve, untill we meet again.


















































































































































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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Joel and Jackie, married now for 13 years
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Greetings from Chobe, Botswana
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Joel teaching in Malawi
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Papa Joel with Tyler
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Disneyland with Dale and Betty and the grandkids - Hannah, Bailey, Tyler, and Cody
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Ahhh Scotland
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Chris and Bryan with Rachel's daughter Sydney
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Jalene with husband Ted and Sarah
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Ted with the newest grandchild - David, born May 5, 2010
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Jaime with husband Paul