Joey left this world unexpectedly on September 22nd, 2021, at the young age of 49 while hunting elk near Strawberry Reservoir.

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Joey was born on September 18, 1972, in Salt Lake City, UT to Thomas Candelaria and CarolAnn Matsuura.

Joey and Liz started a friendship long before they fell in love and finally tied the knot on 07/07/07 after realizing they were the love of each other's lives.

Joey was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, bike, and camp. He got out as often as he could, especially during the fall. He also loved to jeep- especially in Moab, UT and after the recent purchase of a 2nd home there, was excited to spend more time with his family and teach his littlest ones the ropes. Even though he loved all of these things, his greatest love was his family.

He worked hard, and always knew what he wanted, so in 2012 he made his dream become a reality when he purchased Tip Top Transmissions.

Joey was a hard-headed man with a massive heart. He was constantly making friends and chatting with everyone he knew. He always made sure that his opinion was known and heard, but he never held any grudges and gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. Anytime that someone needed help, regardless of the problem, he'd drop what he was doing to go and help.

Joey was an amazing and loving husband, father, and friend and will be missed by so many. He is gone but will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife Liz, daughters Asia (Nick), Alexi (Kevin), Aurielle, and son Kohlton.

Funeral services will be Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Larkin Mortuary Riverton, 3688 West 12600 South, Riverton with a visitation prior to services from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Interment to follow services at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah.

Services will be live streamed via Zoom, please note a Zoom account is required. Click the following link to watch service:



Thursday, Sep. 30, 2021 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Larkin Mortuary Riverton
3688 West 12600 South
Riverton, UT 84065

Funeral Service

Thursday, Sep. 30, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Larkin Mortuary Riverton
3688 West 12600 South
Riverton, UT 84065

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Larkin Mortuary - Riverton
3688 West 12600 South
Riverton, UT

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Sep 25, 2021

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Wow I went to elementary school with Joey and his sister Jenny unbelievable so sorry for your losses my condolences rip Gone Too Soon

Shane castillo Oct 01, 2021

Sorry to hear about the passing of Joey I worked with him at J&G Transmission He was a really good guy

Leroy VanMatre , Fairview, UT, US Sep 30, 2021

It has been an honor and pleasure to get to know Joey during the last 10 years. He was a very honest and hardworking business owner. I truly appreciated our friendship and will miss that smile. I know he loves his family very much because he always had a sparkle in his eyes when he would talk about them. May God bless your family with comfort and peace always. Big Hugs, Traci

Traci Nelson , Salt Lake City, UT, US Sep 28, 2021