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BURCHER, Joel Peter Died April 24, 2011; the result of a hit and run accident in Lancaster, Calif. Joel was born March 20, 1956, in Los Angeles to parents James Peter and Barbara Ruth Burcher. Joel graduated from Palmdale High School in 1974, and began employment with the U.S. Forest Service as a cook and a hot shot on the fire crews. He worked for the California Youth Authority as a member of the SWAT Team for a number of years before his retirement. Joel was an accomplished trumpet player and played in various bands over the years. He trained with the top chef at the University Hilton in Los Angeles and loved to cook. Joel's hobbies included music, cooking, fishing and the love of the outdoors and people. Joel was preceded in death by his father, James Peter and his older brother James Patrick. He is survived by his mother, Barbara, brother John (Rose), brother Jeff (Donna) and many nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and aunts. Services will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Mountain High East in Wrightwood. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in his name. All donations are tax deductible. NAMI California, 1010 Curly Way, Suite 195, Sacramento, CA 95825.

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