Joel David Easter, 66, of Cabool, Missouri, son of Roy (Bunny) Lawrence and Virginia Marie Easter, was born December 2, 1954 in Ironton, Missouri. He passed away December 3, 2020 after a fifteen-year battle with kidney disease, cancer, stroke and other health issues.
Coach Easter graduated from Central High School in Flat River (Park Hills), Missouri, and then continued his education at Mineral Area Community College and Southeast Missouri State University. He later pursued his advanced degrees at Southwest Missouri State University and University of Arkansas. His coaching career spanned 45 years and nine schools across Missouri. He coached at Central, Norwood, Ellington, Purdy, Houston, Stoutland, Cabool, Seymour and Mtn. Grove high schools. He touched many lives while working as a high school teacher, counselor and coach. During his career he coached basketball, baseball, cross country, football and track. He was awarded countless Coach of The Year honors, district and conference championships and was instrumental in sending many young athletes on to compete at the collegiate level.
Joel will be remembered as a man who walked his own path and always did everything full throttle. He never met a stranger and never forgot a face or name. His legacy will continue in the stories that will be told over and over by his family, friends, players and students. He was not perfect but did believe without a doubt that Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior. He was a father figure to many and loved each and every one of them as if they were his own.
Joel was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Steve; and sister-in-law, Nedra.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Rachel Easter; children, Jenny Cofield (Deric), Jody Easter (Leah), Jordan Easter, Brandon Loman (Heather), Dominique Loman (Rachel) and Abbi Smith (Slade); brother, Mike Easter; grandchildren, Jaiden Cofield, D.J. Cofield, Judah Easter and Jaxon Iott; great-grandchildren, Damari Santodonato and Damico Santodonato; loving nieces and nephews as well as many players he has considered his children over his 40+ years of coaching.
Coaching was his life, so in lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the Joel Easter SCA Boys Basketball Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o the funeral home.
Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at Cabool Cemetery. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.