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Joseph Brian Stinchcomb

November 6, 1975 ~ January 2, 2020 (age 44)



Joseph (Joe) Brian Stinchcomb, 44, died on January 2nd, 2020 in La Jolla, CA as a result of late stage cancer. He was surrounded by family. Joe leaves behind his wife, Jenny Stinchcomb; his daughter, Anna Stinchcomb; and his son Michael Stinchcomb. 

Joe was born on November 6th, 1975 in New Castle, IN, to father John Stinchcomb and mother Patricia Stinchcomb. In early childhood and high school, Joe excelled at academics, and enjoyed behind-the-scenes film and theatre production. He was passionate about computer science, a skill he further honed in college. As a young adult he moved to Chicago to join a video game production studio, and ultimately worked within this Industry for the rest of his life. From Chicago he moved to sunny San Diego, and eventually to the Bay Area, where he met Jenny, his perfect match. They were married on May 8, 2010 in Yosemite Valley, in the same location he proposed a year prior. They enjoyed countless adventures and travels together and shortly after the birth of their twins in 2014, relocated to San Diego to be closer to family. When diagnosed with colon cancer in 2017, Joe was determined to beat the odds in order to see his children grow up. He remained brave and determined to fight, through the very end.

Joe was an avid Star Wars fan and enjoyed collecting action figures and movie memorabilia. He took pride in keeping up with the newest technology and was a devoted Apple product early adopter. He was known for his silly sense of humor, his drive and determination, as well as his kind and selfless spirit. 

Joe is survived by his wife and children, as well as his parents, John and Patricia Stinchcomb; his brother David Stinchcomb and wife Jessica; niece Lily Stinchcomb, nephew Riley Stinchcomb and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

He is preceded in death by grandparents, Betty and John Stinchcomb; Thomas and Irene Franklin; aunt Linda Brown and his cousin Cory Knecht. 

Joe requested to be cremated, and his ashes will remain with his family. The family asks that any contributions in his memory be made to the American Cancer Society. 

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