Family mourns loss of hardworking father
April 19, 2017 at 11:33 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2017 at midnight
Jason Joy was someone who loved spending time with family, the outdoors and helping others.
"He was an overall excellent human being and a hardworking father," said Yeidy Joy, his wife of 16 years. "My girls were so blessed to have him; he gave them an ideal childhood."
The 44-year-old Victoria man, born in Springfield, Ill., died at the scene of a one-vehicle motorcycle wreck early Saturday.
Joy was riding his motorcycle south on North Depot Street when he left the road on the east side and struck a telephone pole at the intersection with Red River Street.
Yeidy Joy, 47, said the family traveled a lot because her husband worked in the petrochemical field.
Their two daughters, Anjelica, 15, and Katherin, 12, were home-schooled while they were on the road in their RV.
"Many people don't get the opportunity to spend that much time together," Joy said. "All those years, we got to become a little gypsy family."
Joy said she married Jason three months after they first met when they were about 30 years old.
"We met at a crawfish boil in Tyler, Texas," she said. "I was on his motorcycle 20 minutes after we met."
She said they both clicked because they had the same goals in life - being devoted to God, loving their family and loving humanity outside of their home.
Jason Joy was a farm boy and the girls wanted to try out going to school, so the family stopped traveling and made Victoria their home, his wife said. He worked at Invista for the past five years.
"We set roots here and encountered it all," Yeidy Joy said.
She said her husband had a large friend base in Victoria and in various locations across the country because of their past travels.
When friends and family heard the news of her husband's death, she received many condolences.
Joy credits the response to how her husband lived his life, helping anybody he could and not expecting anything in return.
"He was not just a hero for me and his daughters, but for the community," Joy said. "He was Jason Joy; he was Superman."