On July 7, LJ Wells from Granville, N.D., passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loved ones.
Joseph Lee “LJ” Wells II was born Sept. 2, 2000, in Rock Springs, to Jenny (Elliott) Wells and Joseph Wells. From the very beginning, LJ showed his strength and determination as he suffered many health issues at a young age.
The family later moved to Arizona and then back to Wyoming and after his parents’ divorce, LJ made his home in North Dakota. After his first day at TGU Granville, LJ knew he wanted to spend the remainder of his school years there.
LJ had an incredible passion for all sports, especially football. From the time he was a little boy he could recite football stats like no other. He played football and basketball all through his high school career. Although he was always the smallest guy on the field, he portrayed more strength and determination for the game than many other players. And throughout his long battle with cancer, showed the same strength and determination. His size only made him believe that he had to work that much harder. LJ was also part of FFA, Student Council, Science Olympiad and the Honor Society. He had a love for knowledge and an even greater love for his friends and the TGU faculty.
LJ went on to attend the North Dakota State University in Fargo and completed his first year of college. He planned to study Education and later return to TGU to teach and coach football and basketball. He spent the better half of his first semester incredibly sick, but that didn’t stop him from completing his courses, spending time with his beloved girlfriend and even being part of the NDSU Bison Football film crew, again showing what strength and determination were all about. His second semester was spent meeting new people, making friends, and having the chance to experience the “college life”.
To know LJ was to know one of the most inspiring people ever. His contagious smile and quick wit never made a person feel like they were meeting a stranger. His circle of friends proves that as there are many, young or old from all over the country. He loved life, America and especially North Dakota. Our long drives to and from Fargo for treatment really made him realize how deep his love for his home really was. He was always in awe of the beauty of this state.
LJ is survived by his mother, Jenny Wells and bonus dad, Mark Davis, Granville, N.D.; father, Joseph Wells and bonus mom, Penny Wells, Houma, LA; siblings, Joslynn Wells, Minot, Jerik Wells, Granville, ND, Zaine and Miley, Houma, La., and Lorelei Eastman, Ft. Worth, Texas; grandparents, Jerry Wells, Houma, La., and Donna and Jerry Davis of Wheatland, and Marlene Allen of Longmont, Colo.; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins and of course his TGU Family.
He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ronald and Vonnie Elliott; maternal uncle Brandon Elliott; paternal grandmother, Bonnie Bijeaux; paternal uncles, Jerry Wells Jr, and Melvin Lebouf.
A Funeral Service was held Friday, July 10 at 11 a.m. at the TGU Towner Football Field with fellowship to follow after at the Gallows Hall in Towner. Please bring a lawn chair and dress casually in TGU, Denver Broncos or NDSU attire. 2 Strong shirts are also welcomed.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Ol’ #2 Scholarship Fund that will be set up in LJ’s name.
The service will be video recorded for the public to view and can be accessed later that day by going to www.youtube.com/channel/UCkw5wBH7W_IUwKUcuLvhgOw.
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