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Joseph Adams

Joseph Allen Adams

Tuesday, October 28th, 1986 - Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
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It is with sadness and love that we announce the passing of Joseph Allen Adams on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Rushing home to be with his family after work, Joseph was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident a few miles from his home in Provo, Utah.

A true friend to everyone he met, Joseph was quick with a joke and a helping hand. He believed the words of the prophet Lehi, who wrote "men are that they might have joy" and lived each day with a huge smile he shared with everyone.

Joseph was born October 28, 1986, to Robert and Mary Adams, the youngest of seven children. His father was in the Air Force, so he spent time with his family in Virginia, Texas twice, Alabama, and Colorado during his growing up years.

He served his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in France and Belgium. But he shared his love of the gospel of Jesus Christ freely, with or without a missionary tag.

He was a true blue BYU cougar fan, graduating in Mechanical Engineering in 2012. In the years after his graduation, Joseph volunteered as a capstone mentor for other young student engineers at BYU and became a licensed professional engineer.

While at BYU, he met the love of his life, Michelle Durr. They were married New Year’s Eve 2008 in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. They were a marvelous team in every sense of the word.

Together, they welcomed five beautiful children to their family—Daniel, Jason, Eleanor, Elijah, and Gideon—who were the lights of his life. He was the game playing, Minecraft building, trampoline jumping, water fight throwing Dad.

Joseph is survived by his wife and children, his parents, siblings and their families.

A private funeral will be held on Tuesday, September 1. Joseph will be interred in the East Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Many people have asked how they can help so we created an account at If you would like to help his family you can make a contribution to their account (
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 10:00am
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 | 11:30am
    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 11:30am
    Eastlawn Memorial Hills Cemetery
    4800 North 650 East
    Provo, Utah 84604
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Brent Edgington

Posted at 11:21am
I love Joseph and Michelle Adams. I had the blessing of serving as their bishop not long after they were married and while he was attending BYU. They were always such a thoughtful and happy couple. It was clear to me that they had made each others happiness their first priority. John and Betty (his paternal grandparents) were so excited to have them living with them. It was a great blessing for all four of them as well as the ward. They then moved out of state for a few years and began their family. Upon their return they lived in a neighboring stake but almost two years ago moved back into our stake. I loved seeing their little family come to church together, always sitting in the same pew, about three rows back on the north side. They were the epitome of what a family should be. Always happy, always reverent and always uplifting. The night of his passing his five year old girl told me in a very concise and confident way, "My daddy has gone on a mission, and he won't be coming back!" His seven year old boy then said "My daddy died tonight but we're going to all be okay." And they will be okay because of the Atonement of the Savior whom they love and worship! May God bless you during this challenging time! With much love and support for now and forever! The Edgington's

Michael Burns

Posted at 05:03pm
I have worked with Joseph on a few projects over the last few years, but he quickly became more than just a business associate. Joseph was one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met. His mind was as sincere a it was systematic and his heart was as true as they come. It was always obvious that his family mattered more to him than anything else on earth, and that commitment was only exceeded by his devotion to his Father in Heaven. I imagine that he will continue working just as hard in the next life as he did in this one to prepare the way for his children and family there as well as he did here.

Thomas Keyes

Posted at 06:03pm
I served on two Bishopric's with Brother Adams. Although he was half my age I learned so much about the gospel from him.
He had a big heart , wonderful smile ,and easy going way that made you feel at ease. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all
of Joseph's family. Tom & Debra Keyes

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