Joseph Leroy Oldfield was born in a sleepy, little town called Steamboat Springs (CO) on October 17, 1942 to Earl and Lenore Oldfield.
As a child, Joe excelled in many activities but his passion for sports and community involvement guided his future towards working with youth in the field of education and civic leadership.
As a star athlete in high school, Joe qualified for the Colorado State Wrestling tournament three times, placing third in 1959 and winning a gold medal in 1960. He was on two state championship teams (1958-59).
Joe's grappling prowess caught the eye of Coach Tracy Borah and the teenager was given a scholarship to Western State College in Gunnison (CO). As a Mountaineer, Joe lettered three straight years and helped Western State win two NCAA Division II team championship trophies, as he placed fourth at the nationals plus was named to the All-America national wrestling team.
After graduating from college, Joe enlisted in the Army and served his tour of duty in Vietnam, 1966-67.
Joe was offered a teaching position at Rock Springs High School and made Wyoming his permanent residence. He married Karen (McCanless) and raised two children---Tara and Trish.
As a coach, Joe was extremely loyal to his team and treated each individual wrestler like a part of his family. Joe also raised enough money to take a wrestling team over seas and competed in the international wrestling exchange program as the head coach of the Wyoming team. Joe was responsible for starting a pee wee wrestling program in Sweetwater County and was a proud member of the Elks Lodge.
Not satisfied with a just being a teacher/coach, Joe served on the City Council and had two successful terms as a County Commissioner of Sweetwater County.
Joe was instrumental in taking on many projects to improve the quality of life in the county, which also included 33 years as an educator.
Joe has two brothers, Tom who resides in LaSalle (CO) and Dale (deceased).