Joel was born 22 January 1955 in Murray Utah, the second son of Allen Christensen Zitting and Laura Jean Barlow. His father died five weeks before he turned three years old. Joel passed away peacefully 10 May 2022 in St George.

Joel graduated from Skyline High School as a Sterling Scholar in Art and Art Crafts and designed the cover for the 1973-74 yearbook. He attended Utah State University.

Joel made art his career, working in California to create his own graphic arts business and for a time designed Neon signs for Disney. He entered greeting cards he had designed into a national Creative Visual Arts Competition where he won second place. He was a potter extraordinaire, as well as extremely talented in glass blowing. His many pieces of art are treasured by family members.

The kindness and generosity to Joel from his Uncle Gordon and Aunt Dorothy Zitting is sincerely appreciated.

Joel was preceded in death by his father; his brother Allen Barlow Zitting; stepfather Ernest Van Bibber; his Uncle Gordon. He is survived by his mother Laura Jean Van Bibber; sisters Sarah Green, Heather (Ken) Bond; brothers Benjamin (Jean) Zitting, Michael (Nicole) Van Bibber; sister-in-law Claudia Zitting; stepbrothers Brent (Sylvia), Bryan (Manja), Steve (Cheryl), Curt (Cindi), Brad (Maria) Van Bibber; Aunt Dorothy; many nieces and nephews and a large extended family.

Joel requested there be no funeral. His wishes have been honored.

We love you, Joel. You will be missed.

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May 16, 2022

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NEXT Sheryl Lynn Greene (Danforth) Winsor Sheryl Lynn Greene (Danforth) Winsor


Dear sweet Joel! We had great fun at Grandma’s as kids, churning butter, gathering eggs and digging in the garden. You were the brave one because you dared go in the cellar! Our escapades continued into our late teens and early twenties. We colored outside the lines and I was always enamored with your artistic talents, calmness and visions of a kinder world. You moved. I moved. I stayed on top of your whereabouts with Aunt Laura Jean. There’s a whole lotta special peeps sharing heaven with you right now. Thanks for the memories♥️

Tamalyn Barlow-Page May 17, 2022

I knew my nephew Joel when he was a little fellow.....but lost track of him early on.My best to the rest of the Family.....Love you always....Rebecca

Rebecca Z.Kennedy McConnell , Salt Lake City, UT, US May 16, 2022

I grew up with Joel. He was almost like one of my brothers. We ran to school, played childhood games and fought, like all good friends and relatives do. I lost contact of him over the years, but have many fond memories of him from my youth. Rest in peace, cousin, till we meet again.

Mary Ann Wayman May 16, 2022

Very talented with many wonderful things to your credit. Enjoy your next journey Joel as you meet many family members

Colleen Barlow , Saratoga Springs, UT, US May 16, 2022

Joel was such a kind soul. Most of my memories was when we were young. Visiting Grandpa and Grandma, Joel was there. He was bashful around girls. Fun loving and enjoyed the beauty of nature.

You are missed dear Joel. I am thankful you surrounded with family that love you, as you were loved here.

Cousin Nancy

Nancy Bishop , Salt Lake City, UT, US May 16, 2022

I went to high school and graduated with Joel and while we weren't close friends I admired his creativity, low key, calm demeanor and intelligence. I always thought he was in another league from myself and my friends in that regard. It's a shock when you find out for the first time that you're not the smartest guy in the room and in my case it was meeting Joel. My condolences to the family, I'm sorry to hear of his untimely passing.

Dave Woods

Charleston, South Carolina

Dave Woods , Charleston, SC, US May 16, 2022