Joe Thurston was many things: a loving father of two, devoted husband to his high school sweetheart and wife of 11 years, Marsena, and a steadfast friend and confidant. Born and raised in Cedar City, Utah this humble guy from a small town touched so many during his short time on earth. On June 30, 2013, Joe and eighteen of his Granite Mountain Hotshot ‘brothers’ lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill Fire. They died heros; fighting for people they may never meet. This page is dedicated to Joe–the energetic, compassionate, determined, loving, funny, hardworking and extremely kind man we all miss tremendously. It is a place for thoughtful remembrances and information on how you can help his family.