Joseph Michael Greene, 1936-2010, of Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado –Joseph Michael Greene died peacefully on March 15 at the Vail Valley Medical Center in after a short battle with cancer.
He was born on Jan. 5, 1936, in Jersey City, N.J. Following the completion of his master’s degree in physics from Penn State, Joe served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. During this time, he learned to ski, which ignited a lifelong passion for the sport.
Just before being discharged, Joe broke his ankle in an Army softball game and was laid up in the hospital for two weeks. There he met a fellow scientist who told him of a little laboratory town with a great ski area. Convinced this was where he wanted to live, Joe moved to Los Alamos in 1962 and worked in the Dynamic Testing Division at LANL until he retired in 1993.
Joe is survived by his wife, Janina; children Erin Greene, of Denver, John and Heather Greene and sons Joey and Danny, of Los Gatos, Calif., and Kelly and Roland Chicas and daughter Emma of Albuquerque, N.M.; and siblings Tom Greene, of Scotch Plains, N.J., and Sarah Greene, of East Brunswick, N.J.
He was well known for his many roles in various productions of the LA Little Theater and LA Light Opera and will be remembered for such roles as Georg von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” (1978), Nicely-Nicely Johnson in “Guys and Dolls” (1980), Finian McLonergan in “Finian’s Rainbow” (1987), Fagin in “Oliver” (1995) and countless other roles.
Joe was an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed skiing, running and biking. In 2002 he and Janina acquired their second home in Vail, which was affectionately known as “Joe’s Paradise.”
On Friday at 10 a.m. there will be a memorial mass and celebration of Joe’s life at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. A reception will follow.