COLON DEAN JOINER, 83, passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019, in Ocala, FL. Born July 21, 1936, in McIntosh, FL, he was the youngest of four children born to Clarence and Sadie Williams Joiner. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Adele Henderson and Maxine Thigpen.He is survived by his two brothers, James C. Joiner of Micanopy and George Lamar Joiner of Ocala; his wife of 28 years Robbie K. Joiner; his son Glenn K. Joiner of Jonesboro, AR; daughters RaLynn Joiner of Jonesboro, AR and Wynette J. Browning of Starke, FL; grandsons Roy Crews, Jeff Moore and Josh Browning; granddaughter, Ashley J. Cantwell and three great grandchildren. Colon graduated from Ocala High School in 1954 and proudly served in the U. S. Navy 1954-1958, assigned to the USS Princeton in the Far East. He retired from the Navy Reserves in 1986. After military service, Colon returned to Ocala and enrolled in classes at Central Florida Community College during its initial year. After completing an AA in 1965, he continued his education in business administration at Univ. of FL, No. FL Univ., Jacksonville Univ. and Univ. of Memphis. Colon spent 34-1/2 years in the Federal Service, four years of which he was Civil Service Examiner in Charge in the Central Florida area. During his 30+ years with the U. S. Postal Service, 10 years were spent in management in Jacksonville, FL, as the controller and 10 years in the Southern Regional Office as Accounting Manager. He retired in 1991 in Memphis, TN. Colon was an adventurer, hunting wild game out west in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, rafting on the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers, canoeing on rivers in Arkansas, diving and spear fishing in Florida’s Springs. He was a sports enthusiast and a lifelong Gators fan. Always an environmentalist, Colon was active in the Ozark Society while living in Arkansas where he took up canoeing and was appointed to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Commission. He developed a love for reading at a young age and remarkably remembered what he read. He had a broad interest in books and music. After moving back to Florida (Beverly Hills) in November 1994 , Colon served on the board for Friends of the Central Ridge Library for several years. In 1998, Colon founded the Citrus Road Runners and served as president until 2002. He worked diligently to promote running in the area, supporting the schools in their running programs and encouraging youth running. He especially enjoyed meeting many people statewide who were associated with running, and he was honored to carry the Olympic Torch in Miami in December 2001. After retiring from running club duties, he enjoyed several trips to Europe with Robbie and thereafter enjoyed several summers in Blowing Rock, NC. Colon will be remembered best for never meeting a stranger, his quick wit, sense of humor and story telling, the ability to think on his feet, and an extraordinary memory. The family will be receiving friends from 3pm-5pm on Monday August 12, 2019 at Roberts of Ocala Downtown Chapel located at 606 SW 2nd AVE Ocala, FL 34471. A funeral service will begin at 5pm on Monday also at the Roberts of Ocala Downtown Chapel. Internment will be on Tuesday at 2pm in Bushnell at the Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P. O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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