Death of Joseph J. Voytek, Jr. Reported

Death of Joseph J. Voytek, Jr. Reported

August 10, 2021 in In Memoriam, Notes

The San Francisco Chronicle published the following obituary of Joseph J. Voytek, Jr (BK):

“The family of Joseph J. Voytek, Jr. is sad to announce his passing Monday February 15th, at the age of 71. Joe was a long-time resident of Berkeley and Oakland after starting his career in Washington, DC. Joe lived an inspiringly full life despite debilitating injuries sustained when he was 16, just after earning the distinction of Eagle Scout. Despite his injuries, Joe pursued a passion for public service during his education at Yale and Carnegie Mellon universities. After obtaining his master’s degree in public policy, Joe worked for the federal government where he received multiple commendations for his work. He worked for several different government agencies over his career in both Washington, DC and California, but his favorite assignment was his last, working in the regional office of the Head Start Program. He especially enjoyed visits to Head Start programs on Native American reservations. Joe enjoyed photography, and travel with his family. He was an active member of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. Joe is survived by his wife, Jane, his daughters Sarah and Emily, and two grandsons, as well as his two brothers and two sisters. In addition to overcoming disabilities with his injuries, Joe struggled with depression for most of his adult life. He was always open about his condition and worked to help people understand how widespread and difficult it could be. His example, a life marked by curiosity, good humor, compassion, and generosity, helped friends, family, and community members in their experiences with depression. Organizations that Joe cared about include The Special Olympics, American Indian College Fund, and First Unitarian Church of Oakland.”

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