In Memoriam, Joseph (Aloha Joe) Timmons

  • Joe getting ready to enter the "Death Hole"

Joe catches a bug along the Kona Coast Lifetime Aqua Tutus Diving Club member Joe Timmons, died, at age 72, in a two-vehicle collision in the early afternoon Saturday, July 14, 2018, in southwestern Kentucky near the city of Mayfield. Witnesses confirmed that Joe’s three-wheel Honda motorcycle hit a pool or water, hydro-planed, and lost control. It crossed through the median into the southbound lanes and struck another vehicle. Joe, known by his fellow cyclists to be a very safe motorcycle driver, was killed instantly in this freak accident. He was on his way to northern Ohio for his son’s wedding when the accident occurred.

Joe was active in the club for many years since the early 70s; learning to dive, becoming a certified instructor, and serving in officer positions. When his work took him away from the Bay Area in the late 70s and early 80s, he never lost contact with club members. He returned in 1986 and was active in the club until retiring from the Clorox Company and moving to Hawaii in 2005. Thereafter he returned almost annually to the mainland for his motorcycle tour around the country, visiting his many friends and family, and stopping by to attend a club meeting. He was voted a Lifetime Member in the club in the early 2000s, and maintained close club connections while living in Hawaii, hosting visits from members and continuing to author photos and articles in the club newsletter.

Joe loves his dogJoe was known as a warm and outgoing person who made friends easily, enjoyed being with them, and was always ready to help whenever needed. He particularly enjoyed helping new divers grow in the sport by hosting “Easy Dives”, where he would patiently work with them as needed. When in Hawaii he was always available for divers sent over by Jim Steele or other club members and would take them to his favorite dive sites in and around Kailua-Kona. His untimely passing will leave a gap in our lives.

A celebration of life is being organized for September 15th in Monterey, CA following the club dive.