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Joel Cryer, 64

Joel Cryer of Austin, TX, passed away on January 23, 2011. Born in Beaumont, TX to Ernest A Cryer Jr and Frances Ann Cryer of Winnie, TX, Joel served as a Pararescue Jumper (PJ) with the US Air Force in Southeast Asia and as a member of the NASA/Apollo Recovery Team. Joel lived their motto "So That Others May Live." His passion was serving others, most joyfully in the great outdoors. He loved his PJ brothers, friends, neighbors and family with a deep passion. Joel inspired us all to serve others better. He will be dearly missed. Joel will be honored with full military honors at his memorial service at Trinity United Methodist Church at 4001 Speedway, 2-4 PM, Saturday, Feb. 12th. Donations: www.Heifer.org. Condolences: 514 E 40th St, Austin, TX 78751. Joel is survived by his daughter Cynthia Woodson and his grandchildren of Fannett, TX and his immediate family from Fairchild, Hamshire, Sugarland and Winnie, TX.

 

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Joel Cryer, Director of Corporate Challenge, Inc, dba Adventure Màs, of Austin, TX, passed away on January 23, 2011. Corporate Challenge is Texas' oldest and most experienced firm in its field. Joel's passion was serving others, most joyfully in the great outdoors. Joel developed wilderness/adventure-based programs for schools and non-profits. He provided instruction for Outward Bound and 6 other adventure-based programs. He constructed ropes challenge and zip line courses and adventure parks all over the world. In the Czech Republic, Joel built and partnered in the first aerial adventure park meeting international standards. Among his many professional organizations, Joel served 8 years as the regional chair and as a council member on the Mid-South Regional council of the Association of Experiential Education (AEE). In 1994 he was one of six practitioners selected by AEE to start the new International University of Experiential Education at Moscow State University in Russia. He received many accolades for his services in his industry, notably the AEE's 2010 Servant/Leadership Award. He always cared for those in need.

Joel served as a Pararescue Jumper (PJ) with the US Air Force in Southeast Asia in the mid-1960s. He lived their motto "So That Others May Live." Joel was a member of the NASA/Apollo Recovery Team. After returning from the war, Joel was a committed peace activist. He loved his PJ brothers, friends and family as passionately as he loved the great outdoors. He was a true neighbor and responsible citizen of Austin and the world.

Beginning in the 1970s, Joel trekked, boated and climbed in north, south and Central America, the UK, Australia and Asia. Many of us can thank Joel for our first great experience in the outdoors, whether it was learning mountaineering, skiing, white-water boating or camping at one of his favorite places, Big Bend National Park. Joel helped us know ourselves as individuals and he inspired us to help others. He will be dearly missed by all whose lives he touched.

Joel will be memorialized with full military honors at his memorial service at Trinity United Methodist Church at 4001 Speedway from 2-4 PM on Saturday, Feb. 12th. Donations can be sent to www.Heifer.org or condolence cards to the Joel Cryer Family at 514 E 40th St, Austin, TX 78751.

 

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
What is Pararescue?
So That Others May Live

Pararescue is one of the few combat arms of the Air Force. Air Force Special Operations Command's pararescuemen, known as PJs, primarily conduct conventional or unconventional rescue operations. Their primary mission is personnel recovery and combat search and rescue.

A PJ's primary mission is as a personnel recovery specialist. PJs can operate in any enviornment; air-land-sea to save injured personnel. PJs perform search and rescue, combat search and rescue, recovery support for NASA and other special operations as required.

Pararescuemen are some of the best special forces operators in the world. They are Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic qualified. PJs are able to perform life-saving missions in any environment.

Their motto - "That Others May Live,"

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