Joe Washington was born on October 26, 1934, in Hope Hull, Alabama, eldest child of Charlie  Washington and Charity Cherry Grant.  Joe attended Benson Polytechnic High School where he participated and excelled in the aviation  program. Upon graduation, Joe joined the Airforce on November 1, 1952. He served in the Korean War  as possibly one of the first Black pilots from the northwest. During his military career he was awarded  the Korean Service, United Nations Service, and National Defense Service medals.
After his time in the military, Joe succeeded in his professional careers. Utilizing his diverse skills and  abilities, he served as the Executive Director of the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center  (POIC) Portland, Oregon, Management and Program Operation Analyst for King-Snohomish Regions Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) Vocational Training Center Placement Program,  Human Resource Assistant for Washington State Patrol, Olympia Washington, CEO of the Catalyst  Corporation, Olympia Washington, Owner and CEO of the Travel Co. NW, Olympia Washington and  Director of Sales and Marketing for PearlJet Aviation Inc. Olympia Washington. In 2015 Joe moved to  Vancouver Washington to be closer to his children and continued to thrive into his retirement working  at Metro Portland5, until just recently.

In addition to his professional pursuits, Joe had a number of hobbies and passions. He was a talented  mechanic, Formula 4 race car driver, avid motorcycle and road bike rider, runner, soccer player and  skilled pilot. He restored classic cars, doting over his beloved 1967 Chevy Suburban. He also loved the  outdoors, watching tennis, and listening to classical music.  

Joe was wise and technologically savvy, with a unique perspective on the world. He was a problem  solver and skilled in conflict resolution. He always shared his knowledge with others and was dedicated  to helping people reach their full potential. He was known for his love of people and his ability to make  friends with just about anyone he met.

Joe was preceded in death by his father Charlie Washington, his mother Charity Chery Hendrix, his step father Jerome (Shorty) Hendrix, and his brother Gerald Washington. He is survived by his children Blake  Washington, Lauren Lund, and Stacey Hopkins; grandchildren; Nicole Hopkins, Christopher Hopkins, and  Kendra Hopkins; great grandchildren Zion Cason-Hopkins, Natalia Hopkins, Kendall McGlothen, Kyrah  Roberts, Kevin (K.R.) Roberts and Kaiden Robert; sisters Elona Hendrix, Doris Hendrix, and sister-in-love  Iris Washington; Aunt Catherine (Tulie) Noland, Uncle Arthur Jefferson, cousins Mamon Gardner  (Bayborther) and Mini B. Locket. He also leaves behind a host of other cousins, nieces, nephews, and  beloved friends.
A celebration of life is scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2023, 11:00 am at New Direction Community  Church (NDCC), 241 NE Hancock St., Portland, Oregon, 97211. To share your condolences and memories  of Joe, please visit his tribute wall or mail physical cards to NDCC at the above address. In lieu of flowers  the family asks donations toUrban Wings Aerospace Club be given in his honor. Checks can be made out  to Urban Wings Aerospace Club and mailed to PO Box 12384, Portland Oregon 97212 or donate via their  website at

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