He was raised in Thompson Falls and attended schools there, graduating in 1996. He joined Boy Scouting as a Cub Scout and was active in high school. His high school involvements included band, choir, and Student Council. He was senior class secretary/treasurer. He was a volunteer Junior Firefighter with the Thompson Falls Rural Fire Department.
He has been an active member of St. William Parish Youth Group and made the journey to Denver, Colo., in 1993 to attend World Youth Day with His Holiness Pope John Paul II. He made his Cursillo at Camp Bighorn in 1995.
In the fall of 1996 he married Heather Fausett in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. They were blessed with their two daughters, Savannah Michelle in 1998 and Tabitha Aron in 1999. They were later divorced but shared custody and parenting of their girls.
Joe loved driving truck and had much experience as on OTR, freight driver, logging truck and eventually as an owner-operator.
He formed his own company, Joseph Dyer Trucking, realizing one of his dreams to work for himself, and was working in Sidney at the time of his death. He was extremely proud of achieving his first million safe miles and was well into his second. He also loved riding Harley Davidsons and had a deep affinity for wolves.
He must have inherited his mechanical abilities from his grandpa, Sandy, and his dad, Joe, as well as his special "uncle" Butch Millar. He had an uncanny ability to be able to make something from nothing and to make anything work.
He and his finance, Jeanette Hawley, began their life together in the spring of 2007. They shared their lives together with his two girls, their numerous feline friends, their five aquariums and their special dog, Bailey. The family was making plans for their future together.
Joe was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Sandy Dyer and Helen and Hank Cookingham; his maternal grandparents, Daniel and Blanche Medvetz; uncle, Darrell Dyer; cousins, James and Brandi and his dear "uncle" Butch.
He is survived by his parents; his sister, Robin Dyer (Chuck Mashtare) of Spokane, Wash.; daughters, Savannah and Tabitha of Missoula; fiancée Jeanette Hawley of Missoula; aunts and uncles, Jon and Donna Dyer of Rathdrum, Idaho, Bonnie Dyer of Winifred, Linda and Jim O'Tremba of Billings, Dean and Gloria Cookingham, Leila and Tammy (Mike) Cookingham, all of Billings, Melody (Larry) Benefiet and Gladys (BJ) Pierce of Billings; numerous cousins and a multitude of dear friends.
Cremation has taken place and services are pending at this time.
Joe, you will never know the amazing impact you have had on your friends and family. Because we remember with love you will forever and ever live in our hearts. You are missed beyond measure.