May 4, 1936 - November 14, 2017
Alden Clifford Joy passed peacefully Tuesday, November 14, 2017, with his wife and daughter at his side. Alden was born May 4, 1936 in Ashland, Oregon. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1956 and attended Southern Oregon College. He was a member of the National Guard and started working for the U.S. Forest Service in August 1959 when a forest fire threatened Ashland. He continued with the Forest Service for 21 years and rose to Head of Reforestation. During his tenure he responded to 94 forest fires. In 1981 he retired early to pursue his dream of owning a ranch. After the development of the Joy Drive subdivision in Talent and the sale of their Ashland property, Alden and Shirley purchased their ranch in Bonanza. For 35 years they created the Diamond J Ranch, a self-sustained operation with 949 acres. In 2014 they sold the ranch and moved to the southern Oregon coast.
Alden was truly a cowboy at heart; his handshake was his word. He loved the outdoors, being in the woods, cutting trails, and thinning trees. He had an incredible work ethic and no endeavor was too great a challenge for Alden Joy.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Joy; son, Alan Clifford Joy; daughter, Shari Lou Joy-Botermans; step-son, Douglas Smith; and step-children Guy Shepherd, Deborah Petrotta, and John Shepherd. He was a grandfather and great-grandfather. A Celebration of Life is planned for December 3, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ashland Elks Lodge, 255 E. Main Street, Ashland.