Joe Hunsaker, the industry icon who co-founded St. Louis-based consulting/design firm then known as Counsilman/Hunsaker & Associates has died. He passed away March 11 at the age of 74, having dealt with multiple sclerosis since 1978 and cancer more recently.
Hunsaker started in aquatics as a national level competitive swimmer at the University of Illinois. In 1970, he teamed up with James E. “Doc” Counsilman, his legendary former swimming coach, to form Counsilman/ Hunsaker & Associates.
A longtime board member of the National Swimming Pool Foundation, Hunsaker also served as president of the National Swim and Recreation Association, a board member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a board member of the Internationale Academie für Baderbauten und Freizeit Hallen (Germany), and as chairman of the Public Pool Council of the National Spa & Pool Institute. Additionally, he was instrumental in helping jumpstart the Model Aquatic Health Code effort.
Hunsaker is survived by his wife, Charmaine Wilke Hunsaker, and family, including his son Scot, who has been carrying on Joe’s legacy as owner of the firm since 1999; daughter Stephanie Hunsaker Policy; son Eric Hunsaker; and Sandra McCarroll Hunsaker, their mother and a family friend.