Joe, 77, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. He was born in Mentone on Feb. 10, 1938. Joe grew up in Beaumont and lived in Riverside and Idyllwild. He was an Idyllwild resident for 21 years before moving back to Riverside earlier this year.
Joe was in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1963, and was a member of the band. He received a college degree in accounting from UCLA in order to obtain his CPA license. He worked at the IRS for 30-plus years and after retiring, continued providing audit advice and preparation of tax returns for family, friends and clients.
He was a member of the Idyllwild Rotary Club for 20 years and AA for 27 years, practicing its transitions in all aspects of his life. He enjoyed tax preparation, reading, camping, travel and his French horn, which he played in high school, the Air Force and several local concerts for 30 years.
He is survived by his wife, Leann Gudmundson, of 31 years of Riverside; children Danny Gudmundson of San Francisco, Debbie Gudmundson of Oakland and Denise (Jeff) Benedict of Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren Kevin, Katie and Maddie; sister Lois Organ of Hemet; brother Marvin Gudmundson of Hemet; brother Crandall Gudmundson of Huntington Beach; stepchildren Betsy Jo Parson (Charlie) Parson of Klickitat, Washington, and Barbara Jean Mills-DuBois of Riverside; step-grandchildren Chad, Leo, Robbie and Gabriella of Riverside, Tiffany of Oregon and Chantel of Washington; and great-grandchildren Jocelynn, Paxton and Allison.
There will be a service in his memory at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Saddleback Chapel, 220 E. Main Street, Tustin. For more information, call Saddleback Chapel at 714-544-1450 or visit www.saddlebackchapel.com.