Joseph Epler, one of the original founders of Boyer Children's Clinic, recently passed away at age 104.
He led an extraordinary life, and was an active philanthropist and civic leader who supported a variety of organizations within not only our community but many others. In addition to the huge impact he made on Boyer, Joe was also involved with Kiwanis Club's Camp Casey disabled children's program for 60 years; served on the Board for the Hamilton House for Seniors for 35 years; and was a charter member who served 15 years on the Board of the Association of Washington Generals. Joe was also a Co-Founder of the Community Challenge Fund which has provided grants for community-based projects to provide water, electricity, educational facilities, sanitation and health care to more than 20,000 people in the Dominican Republic. At age 98, he retired from the Millionaire’s Club after 23 years of service on their Board.
“He didn't just want to help make things better. Throughout his life, he put in the time - and the money when needed - to make certain programs succeeded and lives or individuals were improved,” says Joe’s son, John Epler. “He really never stopped giving: the month before he turned 104 he set up a matching fund to encourage donations for one of his favorite programs.”
An avid Mariners fan, Joe was known to recount the previous day’s game and lead a rousing cheer in his retirement home’s dining hall. Joe was also an adventurer, and celebrated his 90th birthday by traveling around the world in 90 days.
Joe was a longtime supporter of our organization with both his time and treasure, and generously made provisions for Boyer in his estate plans. “Boyer is very grateful for Joe's incredible impact on our organization, and his remarkable legacy will live on through the thousands of families that Boyer has and will continue to serve,” shares Mike Stewart, Executive Director. “He was an inspiration, and a true champion and advocate for children with special needs and their families.”