Joseph Lee Richmond
(1949 - 2015)

Joseph Lee Richmond
Nickname: Joe Cool

New Mexico, United States of America
May 6, 1949

Texas, United States of America
February 22, 2015

Please join us in Wimberley, Texas, on April 18, 2015, to celebrate the life of Joe Richmond. Joe would want us to throw a big party and that's exactly what we are going to do. You've got some time, so make your travel arrangements and plan on joining us Deep in the Heart of Texas to share all the Joe Cool stories you can handle.

Please RSVP at this site no later than April 3 if possible so we can make sure there's enough food and drink on hand.

If you have additional questions, you can contact Travis (, 512 921-7214) or Jennifer (, 512-722-3618).

We're doing our best to spread the word, but please pass along this evite to others who loved Joe and should be aware of this shindig.



Thanks for visiting this website dedicated to the life of Joseph Lee Richmond.

A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at his home in Wimberley at a time yet to be determined. Please check back here for more information in the days to come.

While you are here, please sign the guest book and share your memories of Joe Cool.

If you have any photos you would like to add to this website, please click the contact Travis tab on the right and he will get in touch with you to make that happen.

Below is the obituary that ran in the newspaper for Joe.


Joe Richmond, 65, passed away on February 22, 2015, at his home in Wimberley. His loving wife and two sons were with him at his side.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Tomie and Mary Richmond of Raton, New Mexico. He is survived by his devoted wife of 13 years, Jennifer Richmond; his oldest son Travis Richmond, his wife Debra Richmond, and their daughter – his granddaughter – Phoebe Richmond; his youngest son Grant Richmond; his brother Wayne Richmond and his wife Ann Richmond; stepdaughters Katie Kam and her children Poet and Ganden Larsen, Kristi Dame and her husband Chase Dame and her child Hannah Vincent, and stepson Clinton Kam and wife Ola Kam and their son Dean Kam; and many close and colorful friends.

Joe lived a magical life, as a rolling stone gathering no moss and making an unforgettable impression on everyone he met. During a transportation career that began as a university shuttle bus driver, he improved transit systems on college campuses in Austin, Denton and San Marcos. Forever young, Joe’s love for life experience, live music, poetry, and storytelling earned him the well-deserved nickname “Joe Cool.”

Joe was born in 1949 in Raton, New Mexico, and early on he developed his lifelong love for fast cars and motorcycles. He graduated from Amarillo’s Tascosa High in 1967 and earned a psychology degree from West Texas State in 1972, but it was his arrival in Austin in 1974 that truly began his Easy Ride.

While driving a UT shuttle bus, Joe met Nancy Burkholder, who would become his wife for more than 20 years and the mother of his children. After marrying in 1977 they had two sons, Travis in 1980 and Grant in 1983.

Joe began an 18-year career with Capital Metro in 1985, serving in various positions including liaison between the agency and the University of Texas, which provided him with an office on the campus he loved and the experience to become a recognized expert in his field.

During his Austin years, Joe never missed an opportunity to jam in the Live Music Capital of the World. From Willie and the Armadillo, Stevie Ray and Antone’s, and Toni Price and Gary Clark Jr. at the Continental, if there was a true Austin show happening over the past 40 years, Joe Cool was probably there.

In 2001, Joe married Jennifer Kam, and the two began a new life in Denton in 2003 when Joe became Director of Transportation for the University of North Texas. His two sons soon moved there as well and the Richmond men were together again in North Texas. Grant, Travis, and Jen all earned degrees from UNT while Joe worked there.

In 2012, Joe returned to Central Texas, moving to Wimberley and bringing his expertise to Texas State University, where he served as Director of Transportation Services. Although his time on the Texas State campus was brief, Joe made a grand impression and was proud to retire as a Bobcat in 2013.

Joe spent his final years fighting bravely against the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis that took his life far too soon. He filled his retirement days with frequent trips to Austin to see family and friends, political conversations with Travis (and any other brave soul), watching Grant coach basketball games, hikes with Jen around his neighborhood and to the top of Mount Baldy, and motorcycle rides. Joe lived a full life until the day his assignment was over and he was called home to get on the bus and report back on the human experience.

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Guest Book (34 entries)
I will miss you my long time friend and absolute favorite political sparring partner.
Victoria McIntyre
April 10th, 2015
So sorry to hear about Joe, I first met him back in the 70's while we were co-workers driving the UT shuttle. He always lived life to it's fullest. I remember the music jam sessions at his place and the shuttle drivers parties, great times!!!! Reconnected with Joe in the 80's when hew as working for Cap metro, he hadn't changed same ol' Joe Cool!! My thoughts and prayers to the Richmond family. Godspeed Joe.
Tom Langford (friend)
March 10th, 2015
Grant and Travis,
Terry and I were very sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a great guy and thinking of him evokes lots of memories. Joe was special, a character, an expert no doubt when it came to cars and motorcycles. He loved to show everyone his latest acquisition. It seemed he had a new ride every three months. From hot rods to slick bikes and a Crown Vic thrown when he went through a cop phase, it was all part of his plan.
Thinking of Galveston, I can picture Joe, sunglasses on, racing down the beach on a motorbike or sail-car as fast as he could go!
Joe was also a true Texas "Bluesman" for which I am forever indebted. He called me one night in Houston(early 80's)and insisted I go with him to hear this kid play the blues; it was Stevie Ray. This turned out to be a life changing experience for me! Thanks Joe.
Joe will be missed but take comfort in the number of people's lives he touched and the smiles he is putting on everyone's faces when they think of their special memories of Joe Richmond.
My last glimpse of Joe was on his motorcycle, pulling out of the coffee shop parking lot with a happy grin on his face.
Michael Hedemann (friend)
March 8th, 2015
Just read about this in the paper. We first met Joe at Texas State, then he became a friend at the motorcycle store in Wimberley.We loved hanging out and talking about bikes. So sad to hear he's gone and we'll miss him.
Jim and Andrea Jones
March 6th, 2015
I worked with Joe at UT when he became our CapMetro coordinator. We bonded instantly when I learned he was a "homie" for Amarillo, TX. Joe did love to tell stories. He could talk for hours. I sat with Joe on a plane going to Phoenix, AZ, for the IPI convention. He talked the entire flight. Joe will be missed.
Charlie Smith (Co-worker and friend)
March 4th, 2015
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"The pulling apart two corks trick, pulling your thumb off. My kids would just sit in awe. Conversations, and Johnny Walker black. The ride never ends..."
Brett Schwab
February 27th, 2015


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