I don't know how many of you had the privilege meeting or knowing Joel, but Sprig (Steve Trig) sent an email this morning that Joel had been killed in an accident in Mesa Grande yesterday. Joel and his parents, Frank and Janice Mendenhall own and operate the beautiful Mendenhall Ranch up on Mount Palomar, The Lake Henshaw Resort and My Country Club ("MCC")
Here is Steve's email:
I write this with a heavy heart. I got news a little while ago that Joel Mendenhall was killed in Mesa Grande this afternoon........Joel was a great kid, loved his 3 girls, wife, and worked hard on his cattle company. Please send prayers to his wife Jenna, the girls, his parents, Frank, Janice, and all family members.
Apparently it was an accident involving heavy equipment. I can't say I knew Joel well, but I did have the privilege of meeting him on several occasions as well as his parents, Frank and Janice, initially at the TOF campout and BBQ at Lake Henshaw and again when they were kind enough to allow my Deutsch Kurzhaar club to hold one of our breed tests on their ranch. They are a lovely family and I was impressed especially with Joel and his Homegrown Cattle Company which supplies the organic grass fed beef to Whole Foods Market. He was very accomplished for someone so young and to see such a promising life cut short is a tragedy. I hope you'll say a prayer for Joel, his wife and children and his parents and family. I can't imagine the loss and grief they are feeling right now.