Donald Dixon Joslyn

Born and raised in Casper, Wyoming, Donald Dixon Joslyn, 65, died December 29, 2007, at his home in Eagle Point, Oregon, of liver cancer.  An open house in his honor was held at his home, January 19, 2007.  An open studio and retrospective art show will also be held the first weekend in June 2008. Contact Joy Joslyn at email: for more information. Either occasion will be appropriate to celebrate his humorous, truly colorful (or maybe better said, off-color full), positively positive life.
Joy, his wife; Gena Zerbin, his daughter; Robert, his son-in-law; Tyler and Cody, his two grandsons; Spencer, Joy’s son; and Paul, his former son-in law, are all grateful for every moment they got to LIVE with him. We will remember, along with all of his family, friends, students, and all the doctors and nurses that cared for him over the years… his spirit and sense of humor, which was as unique as each of his paintings, sculptures, friends, fly-fishing flies, teaching styles, or pieces of wisdom that were truly cymbalic awakenings. 
Calvin Dixon Joslyn was the proud father when Mercyl Yvonne Bergman Joslyn gave birth to their only child, Don, June 9, 1942.  Don married Paula Zancanella from Rocks Springs, Wyoming, in 1964. His only child, Gena Mechele Joslyn was born in 1966 and now lives in Bend, Oregon.
 His first official art students were Holland, Michigan, junior high schoolers. Next he taught fine art at Lewis Clark State College, in Lewiston, Idaho, where his 11.5′ statue of a Nez Perce Native American gesturing peace, stands guard over the Lewiston County Court House. In the fall of 1974 he moved to Santa Clara, California, got divorced, and began his twenty-three year teaching career at Mission College. He taught fine art on campus and at off-campus sites, which required taking his sculpture students to a professional foundry to cast their bronze projects. In 1986 he met the foundry’s new office manager and fellow creative spirit, Joy Tsuya (Fujimoto). In 1989 he married Joy… and they lived happily ever after.
In 1970 he was named an Outstanding Educator of America. In 1964 he was awarded the Hamilton W. Baker National Leadership Scholarship Award from his Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In 1963 he received the Honored Citizen Award, City of Casper, Wyoming, and an Honors Award from Casper College.

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