Joseph Sullivan

Joseph Sullivan.

Joe succumbed Sunday morning, Oct. 11, 2020, after battling a long illness. He was an avid outdoorsman who would spend as much time as possible hunting and fishing. In the community of Dixie, Idaho, Joe found a place perfectly suited to his pursuits. He spent half of his life there, by far the longest he had lived anywhere. Joe lived in Wisconsin, South Dakota, South Carolina, Florida, West Virginia, Colorado and Texas before he moved to Idaho. Dixie was his home.

He is remembered by his mother, Ann “Nancy” of Fla; brother, Tom; sisters, Julia, Colleen, Nora and Amy of Fla; sisters, Mary “Kate” of Seattle, Wash; Carolyn of Ariz; and Eileen of S.C., and brother, Gregory of NY.

Although they were challenged by the miles between them, the siblings maintained regular contact, even with their brother in Dixie. Funeral arrangements for Joe are pending.

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My big brother Joe and I didn't have much in common. But what we did share loomed large in our lives: a love of Nature and the grand, expansive West; the quiet beauty of the wild; the need for solitude within a community of love and acceptance.

We talked on the phone from time to time, but I never visited him at his home in Dixie. After he died and I saw pictures of his cabin, the simple order and beauty of it, I felt a new connection with him. His empty chair moved me deeply.

One memory stands clear in my heart and mind. We were at our father's funeral in Florida in 1998. I had not seen Joe for a very long time, but there we were with the rest of our family in our shared loss. He came up to me and, without a word, for none was needed, he put his arm around my shoulder and hugged me.

Joe, I think you must know better than most of we the living: As our father told me in a dream after he died, "It's all about love."

Rest in love and peace, brother Joe.

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