Joe Laliberte, passed away on January 24th at his home in Las Vegas after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 66. He was born August 11, 1957, in Great Falls, Montana to Roger and Katherine Laliberte. Being the son of a United States Air Force Officer and Photographer, Joe moved across the nation living in several different states including Alaska, South Carolina, California, and Connecticut, which is where he graduated from East Catholic High School in 1975. He headed west to Las Vegas in 1977 and enrolled at UNLV where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration. Joe began working in the hotel business and worked incredibly hard to rise through the ranks. He played a pivotal part in opening several hotels in Las Vegas including Treasure Island and The Mirage. Having accomplished a great deal during this tenure in the hotel business, he set off to embark on a new career in real estate. After 10 years he segued into being a Title Inspector and retired in 2023.
Joe was happily married to his loving and devoted wife Charlie for 17 years who he loved with all his heart. His happy places were Kauai where he married Charlie, anywhere he could ride his bike and spending time at the meticulously designed cabin he and Charlie built in Duck Creek, Utah. He was a proud father and loved his kids deeply. They shared an enthusiasm of the great outdoors and enjoyed hiking, climbing, camping, and playing every sport imaginable together. He was an avid back packer, and his countless adventures led him to conquering iconic trails such as the Tahoe Rim Trail, the Subway in Zion, and portions of the PCT. He also loved music from Neil Young to Eric Clapton, the Eagles and Steely Dan, plus he was a skilled guitarist with the melodic precision of James Taylor. He also enjoyed woodworking and used his impressive skills to build many well-crafted pieces. The king of research, Joe was the reason why the term “deep dive” has been invented. Every decision he made was fully informed down to the smallest detail. There is no one braver and more courageous than Joe. Couple those attributes with funny, organized, thorough, deeply thoughtful, intelligent, and kind, he was a man of great integrity and a remarkable human being. His memory will continue to live on through his loved ones and cherished friends.
He is survived by his wife Charlie, children Jasa, Jonathan and Dalton, two grandchildren Everett and Harrison, his father Roger and stepmother Rachel, and two dogs Henley and Milo. A celebration of his life will be held at Davis Funeral Home at 1401 S. Rainbow Blvd on Saturday, February 24 at 11:00AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either The City of Hope, a premiere cancer research and treatment institution, or Sierra Club, a nonprofit organization focused on environmental efforts.
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