Joel Willet Pfister, 68, of Deephaven, Minn., died Oct. 10, 2012, surrounded by those he loved.

He was born 68 years ago in Preston, graduating from Preston High School.

Following college at Winona State, he served in the Air Force for six years, after which he lived in Texas, working in the financial software field.

He returned to Minnesota, switching gears entirely, and founded Source Engineering, LLC, a contract design and manufacturing firm.

An entrepreneur, talented mechanical designer, and very creative man, he owned, or co-owned, 32 patents covering a variety of devices, designs and delights.

He flew planes, sailed big boats and drove fast cars.

He was a longtime member of the Porsche Club of America, racing his yellow #21 with skill and daring on road courses all over the country.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa; siblings, Jan (Rich) Milne, Denny (Shari) Pfister and Tricia (Steve) Allen; assorted in-laws and cousins; 23 nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and -nephews who brought him great joy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lenard and Patricia Pfister; and his sister, Tracy Conlin.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to one of two of Joel's favorite charities; Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, or The Salvation Army.

A party celebrating Joel's life will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the BayView Event Center in Excelsior, Minn.