Joseph “Joe” Richard Slansky—a beloved husband, father, brother, friend to many, and extraordinary outdoorsman and photographer who shared his gifts with many—died on September 30, 2021 in Logan, Utah of natural causes. He was 51.
Joe was born in New Haven, Connecticut on July 16, 1970 to Richard and Lynne Slansky. He was the second of two children, following his sister Jill Slansky, with whom he shared a lifelong bond.
From an early age living in Los Alamos and Santa Fe, New Mexico, Joe was passionate about his family’s camping, hiking and rafting trips in the mountains, canyons and rivers of the West. As he grew, he blossomed into a highly accomplished skier, kayaker and rock climber.
After graduating from Santa Fe High School and earning his degree from University of New Mexico and University of Utah, he lived and worked in Estes Park, Colorado, and Moab, Utah. He ran Desert Digital, his printing, graphic design and photography business, while committing his free time to rock climbing. He became a class 5.12 climber, and conquered over 70 desert towers and many of the classic climbs in the country.
Nearing age 40, Joe turned to new passions. He returned to school in Logan, Utah, attending USU, and earned a second degree, this time in Physics—a field that “blew his mind.” He thought highly of his mentors at Utah State University who guided his studies of atmospheric winds and relativity.
Joe then achieved the thrill of his life, fathering two adorable children, Alexander and Corinne. He married Beth Dixon, with whom he lived in his Logan home.
He enjoyed working at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Logan his last 4 years. He also embraced the local Mormon community.
Joe will be remembered for his generosity and open heart, his loyalty to family and friends, his unbounded curiosity and love of deep conversation, his passionate and inspiring pursuit of adventure, and his eagerness to help anyone. But his greatest love was for his family.
He is survived by his beautiful children Xander, age 7, and Cori, age 4, his devoted wife Beth, and his adoring almost-twin sister Jill. He is also survived by his stepmother Helene Slansky, who was always there to listen, stepbrother Jonathan Cohen, stepsister Deborah Wheatley, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and countless lifelong friends.
If you’d like to help the family, you can contribute to Xander and Cori’s education funds at
. Please reference code 47N-P0T for Xander and C73-20S for Cori (Jill is listed as “student” until Cori’s ss# is obtained).
A memorial dinner open to friends will be held Oct 20, 2021 (Wed), from 5 to 7 pm at the LDS church at 300 North 500 East, Logan, Utah.
If you would like information about a celebration-of-life and remembrance of Joe next April please email the family at