Joseph E. Foster


1995 – 2022


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Joseph E. Foster

Joseph (Joe) Eugene Foster, of Ellensburg, WA, prematurely departed this Earth on September 1, 2022 at the age of 27.  Born in Tonasket, WA on August 27, 1995, he spent most of his life in Washington State, having graduated from Columbia High School in Hunters, WA before finding his place in Ellensburg.  He passed away at Harborview Medical Center after a long battle with injuries sustained in a car accident.

Family and friends remember Joe for his generosity and desire to help those around him.  This quality was manifested in his work, which ranged from cooking food at the local diner to helping the community through his contributions to home care services.  It extended to his personal life, where Joe illuminated the lives of those around him, who describe him as always positive — a friend to all, and brother to many.

Joe is survived by his 8-year-old daughter (Alea Foster) and her mother (Shilo Foster), his father (Stephen Foster), step father (Joe Schwartz), sister (Felicia Foster), and numerous loved ones including grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and a community of supportive friends.  He is preceded in death by his mother (Rachel Schwartz).

Joe loved spending time in the outdoors camping, swimming, biking, long-boarding, and snowboarding.  In his free time, he enjoyed sketching, playing the drums, and video games.  His dreams included finishing a college degree at Central Washington University and traveling to Spain to immerse his family in a new culture.

A memorial will be held at the Cedonia Community Church in Hunters, WA on October 8, 2022 at 1:00pm to celebrate Joe’s life.  In lieu of flowers or gifts, those wishing to honor him may make donations to a college fund for his daughter.  Alea was his world, and we could pay him no greater service than to support his dreams for her future.

If you would like to donate, please contact Felicia Foster (509-994-9097) or


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