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November 2017
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Reyes Medrano

Reyes Medrano passed away on November 16, 2017 at the age of 68. He was born on January 6, 1949 in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Tolleson. A man of great character, Reyes was incredibly kind, dignified, caring, and generous. His philosophy was that the heart’s capacity to love is unlimited and will grow to accommodate all who enter it. He lived life to the fullest as a family man, cherished friend, teacher, mentor, coach, athlete, world traveler, barber, and Chicano activist. He is greatly missed by his family and his many friends whom he considered family. Many of us consider Reyes to be the kindest person we’ve known. He is remembered for always offering a helping hand, a thoughtful perspective and advice, a humorous anecdote, and providing love and support in any way he could. As his family, friends, and thousands of students can attest, he made it a mission to encourage scores of people to stay in school and reap the benefits of a strong education. Reyes is survived by his wife, Francia Parmenter, and her children and grandchildren, his children, Reyes Jr. (Elisa), Juan (Dani), Hubert, Manuel, Zanya, Adriana, niece, Alyssa Villarreal, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Candelario and Rita Medrano and his sisters, Julia Villarreal, Vicki Trejo, and Maria Elena Medrano. A celebration of his life will be held on December 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at King of Kings Church, 3095 N. 140th Ave., Goodyear, AZ with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­may be made in Reyes’ name to the Hispanic Leadership Forum for student scholarships at P.O. Box 371, Avondale, AZ 85323.

Diane Mary Mayer

Diane Mary Mayer, aged 66, passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Waddell, Arizona. She was born to Rosaria and Louis Mucerino on June 9, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois.

Diane attended Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois before attending Judson University in Elgin. She was an active member in the church community of St. Charles Borromeo in Hampshire where she served as a Catechist and Eucharistic Minister. She served as a Trustee with the Ella Johnson Library District in Hampshire. Before retiring she worked as the Office Manager for Burlington Dental in Burlington. She also started and ran several small businesses with her family.

Diane served as a Reserve Officer with the Rolling Meadows Police Department where she met her husband, Robert, at Firearms Training in 1987. They married the next year. Diane was a talented baker, cook, loved to craft and sew, and sang in her church choir.

Diane is survived by her sisters, Mary Lou Martin, Nancy Restagno; her two daughters, Michelle Glosemeyer, nee McCormick (Theodore), and Elizabeth Mayer; her son, Joseph Mayer; and her granddaughter Annalise Glosemeyer. She also leaves behind many loving relatives and friends.

Diane’s wishes were to be cremated. A private memorial service will be held in her honor at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Gary L. Goodwin

Gary L. Goodwin, age 68 of Litchfield Park, AZ went to be with the Lord on November 8, 2017 after battling a lengthy illness.

Gary was born April 8, 1949 to Leroy and Jean Goodwin. He graduated from Troy High School in 1967. He was employed with FP Case & Sons and Bardo Cox & Miller before moving to Arizona in 1979, where he just recently retired from Willmeng Construction. He loved life and lived each day to the fullest. He enjoyed BBQ’s, family get-togethers, mountain rides on the UTV, hunting, RVing , and NASCAR.

Gary is survived by his wife, Elaine Goodwin; sons, Chad of Arizona, David of Pennsylvania, and Larry of Utah; daughter, Linda (Andrew) McNew of Texas; four grandsons; one brother, William (Terri) Goodwin of Colorado; brother-in-law, Mark (Tami) Kinner of Colorado; very good family friend, Kathy Lynn Nicholas; several nieces and nephews; four grandchildren; and his faithful, companion and best buddy, “Gidget.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Jean Goodwin.

Services will be private and held at the family’s convenience. The family suggests that donations be made to West Valley Baptist Church in Buckeye, AZ.

Deanna Baker

Deanna Baker, 80, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on November 17, 2017 from complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was born January 20, 1937 in Horseshoe Bottom, Kentucky to Hezekiah and Edna Alice (Bunch) Bolin.

At a young age, Deanna and her family moved to Andersonville, Indiana. She attended school in near-by New Salem. At the age of 19, she met and married the love of her life, Marion Knight Baker on May 27, 1956 in Andersonville. The newlyweds traveled to Spokane, WA and set up their first home at Fairchild Air Force Base where Marion was stationed. In addition to her support of her husband and his military career, Deanna was a fulltime homemaker and loving mother to five children. After her children entered school, Deanna entered the health care field as a licensed vocational nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls, MT . She became a member of the international exchange nurse network, and opened her heart and her home to host and mentor nurses from around the world.

Throughout her 20 years as a military spouse, Mrs. Baker was an active member in the Officers’ Wives Club, a non-profit organization providing philanthropic and social opportunities to members. She served as the chairman of various committees responsible for fundraising and charitable contributions to the military and local communities. Deanna was recognized for her exemplary service and honored as the recipient of the 1972 Military Wife of the Year award at Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND.

After her husband retired from the United States Air Force in 1975, Deanna began a professional career spanning 30 years. She was the owner and manager of a travel agency in Santa Barbara, California for fifteen years. She relocated to Litchfield Park, Arizona with her husband in 1991 and began a new career in the educational field employed as a college admissions counselor at the Arizona Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT), the Academy of Business College, and Lamson Junior College in the Phoenix, Arizona area. During this time she earned her bachelor of arts in business administration degree. She then advanced to the role of college admissions director with Apollo College overseeing operational management and recruitment at campuses in Phoenix, AZ, Albuquerque, NM and Spokane, WA before retiring in 2006.

At the age of eight, Deanna accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior at the Church of the Nazarene in Andersonville, Indiana. In 1966, she rededicated her life to Christ and became a member of the Southern Baptist Church. She was a faithful steward, serving as a Sunday school teacher, youth leader, and was actively involved in the women’s ministry. Mrs. Baker was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Avondale, Arizona and also attended Calvary Chapel in Surprise, Arizona.

Deanna’s personal interests included gardening, sewing, embroidery and crochet prior to the decline in her health. She was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease in January 2014 and shortly after transitioned from independent living to assisted living with her husband. Throughout the progression of her disease, she maintained humility, grace and positivity even as she lost her mobility and was reliant on fulltime caregivers.

Mrs. Baker is predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Marion Baker, parents Hezekiah and Edna Bolin, her sister Michelle Helin and brother Jack Bolin. Surviving to cherish her memory are her sister, Linda Shearer of Wheeling, Illinois, her five children Michael Baker (Melody) of Tucson, Arizona; Brenda Brooks (William) of Goodyear, Arizona; Douglas Baker (Jennifer) of Tucson, Arizona; Kimberly Scott (Dave) of Santa Barbara, California and Lawson Baker of Avondale, Arizona. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend sincere thanks for the medical care provided by Dr. Erik Ortega and the medical team of the Gregory W. Fulton ALS and Neuromuscular Disease Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute and her loving and attentive caregivers Jennifer and Juve Garcia and Darwin and Marykris Bautista.

Mrs. Baker will be buried next to her husband at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in her memory to the ALS Association Arizona Chapter to support research to find a cure for ALS and provide much-needed services to patients and their families

Rickey H. Jones

Rickey H. Jones, 67, of Phoenix, AZ died November 5, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ.  He was born May 19, 1950 in Summit, NJ to Lana Jones.  Rickey served in the Army Military Police Corps and retired after 20 years of service.  He is survived by his wife Julie Jones and daughter Bianca (John) Vandenheuvel.   He was preceded in death by his parents.  Private services will be held.  Condolences to the family can be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

Lawrence N. Laine

Lawence N. Laine passed away at Palm Valley Rehabilitation Care Center in Goodyear, AZ on Nov. 5th 2017 after a brief battle with a rare cancer. He was born on Oct. 30, 1942 in Aberdeen, WA to Elmer and Agnes Laine.

He graduated from Ocosta High School, Westport, WA in 1961 and received an AA in Accounting from North Seattle Community College in 1976. He served in the US Air Force from 1962 to 1966 and served 2 of the 4 years overseas. He had achieved the rank of Sergeant by the time of his Honorable Discharge in 1968.

Larry married his wife Valerie on Oct 2, 1971. They remained together for the next 46 years. He moved to Glendale, AZ in 1978 where he first worked in real estate. He spent the bulk of his career at Maricopa Medical Center working in the medical supply area. He remained there for 17 years. Larry worked 6 years as a Postal Worker at the Main Phoenix Post Office before retiring in 2005.

He spent his retirement years’ metal detecting in the desert west of Phoenix but was unable to locate anything noteworthy. He also enjoyed reading, assembling jigsaw puzzles and indulging both his sweet tooth and a pair of cats.

Larry was preceded in death by his father and mother, his brother George and sister Marlene Trail. He is survived by his wife Valerie and son Shannon of Goodyear, AZ, his brother Kenneth Schick of Seattle, WA, sister Susan Jackson of Sacramento, CA and nephews in WA state and Denver, CO.

A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 830 E. Plaza Circle, Litchfield Park, AZ on Saturday, November 11th 2017 at 1PM.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Samuel Ochoa

Samuel Ochoa, age 57 of Avondale, AZ died October 30, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. He was born June 12, 1960 in Jaripo, Michoacan, Mexico to Samuel Ochoa and Consuelo Manzo. Samuel was a great builder and lead on a construction crew. He was a soccer goalie and loved to play soccer and watch his favorite team, Chivas. He had a great love for family and loved food, friends and spending time with loved ones.

Samuel is survived by three daughters, Karla, Cindy and Drew Ochoa; a son, Samy Ochoa; mother, Consuelo Manzo; sisters, Imelda, Lulu, Chela, and Paola Ochoa; brothers, Jose, Ignacio, Javier, Rodolfo, Luis, Hugo and Carlos Ochoa and five grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at 10:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. The family suggests that donations be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.

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