San Diego, CA – Joe Whitaker a longtime resident of San Diego, California, sadly passed away on Monday, February 6, 2023, according to Collin, Joe’s partner in a statement released on Joe’s Facebook account on Monday. Friends and loved ones have expressed their sorrow over the passing of Whitaker across social media platforms. Collin wrote, “Hello everyone, this is Collin, Joe’s partner. The world is worse off today than it was yesterday. And I still cannot believe this is real but we’ve lost a son, a brother, a father, a champion, and a best friend in the purest sense of all these words.
He added, “We are all still trying to process it and I will post information related to services as it becomes available. I will be postponing all Man Upp events for the next couple of months while I figure out how to best honor his memory. He made his dream of creating a safe space for all types of guys to be themselves a reality and I’ll be damned if I let that fade away. He is my hero, forever and always. Joe…. I love you.
Who was Joe Whitaker?
Joe Whitaker is a longtime resident of San Diego a city on the Pacific coast of California known for its beaches, parks, and warm climate. Immense Balboa Park is the site of the renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums, and gardens. A deep harbor is home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier turned museum, open to the public.
Whitaker was the owner of The DILF Party which was started in San Diego CA in October 2014 and is now in 19 US cities monthly and quarterly. He also owned MAN UPP Productions which he began Dec 2007 with the goal of inspiring others through its websites and events to be proud.
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Brian Hampson also a resident of San Diego expressed his sadness by releasing a heartfelt message on the giant social Facebook;
Really saddened to hear of the passing of Joe Whitaker. While we weren’t the closest, you have touched my life in a way that may have seemed small to you, but has had drastic impacts on the way I live my life. When I was a broke college student, I had just started to getting to know the San Diego gay crew. There was an event that was being hosted at the Zoo that had a pretty hefty price tag for a college student. I was talking to some of the boys down in Southern California saying that I was bummed that I couldn’t go and you told me that you had an extra ticket and would be happy to give to me. I remember very clearly saying, it’s okay that I didn’t have the money right then to pay for a ticket of that price. You told me “Don’t worry about it. Go have fun and pay it forward someday”. At the time, I essentially was a stranger to you. I have gone about my adulthood thinking about this and trying to live my life with the mantra that kindness and generosity don’t go unnoticed. Thank you for touching my life and so many others. Rest in peace.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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