Back in 1969 when Dr. Aaron’s wife, Emily Aaron, a real estate broker with Properties Unlimited, suggested she knew of a clinker brick duplex for sale in Lakewood, Joe replied, “Lakewhere?” Joe and his wife found their way from their hometown of Puyallup, Washington, to the unknown place called Lakewood without the benefit of GPS or Mapquest. Once they found Lakewood, they never left.
During the early days of the half century that has now passed Joe Boyle voted 3 times for Lakewood to become a city. No, Joe did not cheat by voting 3 times in one election. Joe voted 3 times in 3 different polls for city-hood until we achieved being known as The City of Lakewood.
Joe has been involved with many facets of The City of Lakewood including, rentals, real estate brokerage, a property management company, Crime Free Housing, a Laser sailboat business, and 15 years of crime fighting in Lakewood as a deputy with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
Of course, Joe’s brightest achievement is enjoying the distinction of having consumed approximately 21,170 cups of Lakewood espresso which equates to $63,510 pumped into Lakewood’s economy. Joe is known for supporting jobs in Lakewood; well at least barista jobs.
Now retired for six years this coming April Fool’s Day, Joe is thought of as a Lakewood Pioneer; you know, like Puyallup’s Ezra Meeker. Well, at least his pals Jim and Larry think of Joe as a pioneer.
It is of little surprise that a suggestion was made to our Lakewood City Council that a bronze statue of Joe should be erected in front of Lakewood City Hall.
A famous bronze artist from Utah, Stanley James Watts, was commissioned to sculpt a likeness of Joe as Joe points the way towards city-hood. Many art lovers who previewed Mr. Watts work, agreed that the sculpture is of such a remarkably high quality, the artwork makes Joe look almost life-like.
While Lakewood City Council was committed to their desire to recognize Joe as a Lakewood pioneer, they unanimously voted to scale back the art project to better fit our city budget in light of the fact, the city may have to drain Waughop Lake.
But more importantly, the City Council concluded the statue honoring Joe Boyle needs to properly fit Mr. David Anderson’s measurement of Joe’s actual contribution to our community of Lakewood over the past 50 years.