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Richard Allyn Most

Richard Allyn Most celebrated his “Heavenly Birthday” on June 19, 2021 at his home in Buena Vista, Buckeye, AZ.
He was greeted there by his Heavenly Father, his beloved wife, Chloe; his loving father and mother; friends and fellow Marines who have gone on before, “Semper Fi!”
Rick joined the Marine Corps after graduating Enfield High School in Enfield, CT. He served in the Vietnam War in 1965 and 1966. After being Honorably Discharged, and under the G.I. Bill,
he received his BA in Art Education. Rick taught Junior High Art. He retired in 2007 and moved with Chloe to the Buena Vista community in Buckeye Arizona. He loved to volunteer in the village and help out with various duties, including caring for the community American flag. Our grateful thanks and appreciation to all who took him into their hearts and helped watch over him when he became totally disabled and wheelchair-bound.
Rico leaves behind his sister and her husband, Carol and Jim Bergman of Bluffton, SC; his brother and his wife, Jim and Denise Most of Belton, SC; his “brother” and friend next-door; his “daughter and son” and his “grandchildren” (he loved to be called grandpa!); and his special “earthly angels” who surrounded him with caring, love, and respect.
Donations may be made to the White Tank Southern Baptist Church or to the charity of your choice.

Esther Jane Fisher

Esther Jane Fisher, 87, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on June 24, 2021 with her entire family by her side. She was born on November 12, 1933 in Omak, Washington to James Asbury Biles and Elva Lucile Lortz. Esther married the love of her life, Darrell Dean Fisher in April 1956. Together they built their home in Kennewick, WA and had four children. Darrell preceded Esther in death in 1968. Esther courageously raised her four children on her own, remaining faithful to Darrell until death. Esther’s nurturing spirit provided a safe haven for other children, including nieces, nephews, grandchildren and friends.

Over the years, Esther did whatever was necessary to provide for her children and extended family, including: cleaning services, working as a cook and finally as a tape librarian for Boeing Computer Services, where she retired in 1996. In 1998 she moved to Las Vegas, NV where she enjoyed the company of many friends. Starting in 2006 she spent time living in each of her children’s homes in Oklahoma, Maryland, Washington, and Arizona and eventually made her final home in Goodyear, AZ with her daughter Soni Fisher. Esther was of a non-denominational faith and spent her entire life faithfully following the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Esther is survived by her four children, Kathleen Blair and her husband Allan, Steve Fisher and his wife Mary, Soni Fisher, and Trish Wildfang and her husband Kevin; her brother Jim Biles and his wife Marian; her grandchildren Kevin, Cheri, Christina, Rodney, Stephen, Jenni, Tricia, Larissa, Devin and spouses; and her great-grandchildren Anthony, Alejandro, Amiya, Blaine, Destiny, Chloee, Ayden, Liam, Haileigh, Cameron, Ezzy, Jaxson, and one more on the way; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Darrell Dean Fisher, her grandson Travis Benjamin Wildfang, her parents James and Lucile Biles, and her siblings Lael Biles, Ray Biles and Eldora Hahn.

A funeral service for Esther will be held on Thursday, July 1, 2021, (AZ time) at Thompson Funeral Chapel, located at 926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.
Friends are invited to join the viewing from 1:30-2:00pm, and the Funeral Service at 2:00pm.

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To view a slideshow about Esther, use this link: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/WZQRFXPPFX64SFXD

Glenn Julius Hepner

Glenn Julius Hepner, was born on December 4, 1952 at the family farm in Fresno County, Raisin City, California.

His childhood consisted of taking care of the family’s business; first of raising turkeys, then cows for milking as well as taking care of the land that was used to grow crops for the animals. He learned early on how to work on the tractors, vehicles and other equipment used on the farm.

The year he turned 18, he met his beloved wife, Margaret, and after a brief stint in the US Army, they were married in the summer of 1973.

Not long after getting married, he and Margaret welcomed their first of four children. Glenn spent many of his years teaching first his wife, then his children how to farm the land he loved, as well as taking care of the many different animals that were raised. Glenn had a brief time away from the family farm working as a bulldozer for Jack Campbell. He then tried his hand for a few years at being a vineyard manager in Alvina, CA. These both didn’t last too long, and he was soon called back to the family farm to take over for his father who had failing health.

Glenn spent many years helping his children with their various school activities, whether it was as a chaperone, a chauffeur, or even helping to raising and showing dairy heifers while his children were in FFA, Glenn was always quick to help as needed.

Through the years of watching his children grow, he and Margaret enjoyed hosting parties at their house where many friends and family members enjoyed his beautifully landscaped front yard and BBQ’s. Glenn was not able to take his children on many vacations nor enjoy a lot time traveling and being away from the farm, as it was a 24/7 job, he still always made time for his family, to go camping in Kings Canyon with his sister Evelyn and her family or to Laughlin to do a little gambling once the kids were older.

It wasn’t until his wife, Margaret retired that he decided to retire as well from farming and to put his love of traveling into full effect. So, with their new “child” (a black lab) Star, and then later with his current “child” Tarbee, he and Margaret bought an RV and started traveling to wherever their children lived and to explore the countryside. Whether it was to the central coast, Texas, North Dakota, or Arizona, Glenn always found somewhere for him and Margaret to go explore or just visit with the grandchildren.

Glenn then became a permanent caregiver for his wife Margaret when she was put on full-time dialysis in 2018 and sadly their travel time was cut short. Glenn and Margaret still found ways to move from town to town, only now staying closer to where his children were so they could help out.

Glenn Julius Hepner is preceded in death by his loving wife, Margaret Ann Stockton Hepner, his sister, Evelyn Prudek and brother-in-law Jerry Prudek, his brother, George Andreas Hepner, Jr., his parents George Andreas Hepner, Sr. and Anna Koenig Hepner, as well as his mother-in-law, Cleo Stevens Stockton.

He is survived by his four children, Jennifer Bairos, Heather Duran, Christina Hubbard and John Hepner, his grandchildren, Jonathon Bairos, Jordan Bairos, Alex Hubbard, Gabriel Duran, Christina Duran and Julie Hubbard, his first great-grandchild was on the way. He is also survived by his sister, Dollie Hepner and his brother Jim Hepner; many beloved sister in-laws and brother in-laws; as well as many nieces and nephews which he was very close with and treated many as an extension of his own children.

Felipe Rojas

Felipe Rojas, 53, falleció el 19 de junio del 2021 en Goodyear Arizona. Felipe nació el 12 de noviembre del 1967 en Jaral del Progresso Guanajuato. El hijo de Felipe Rojas & Ramona García. Felipe Rojas conoció a Teresa Verónica Vázquez Hernández en Las Vegas tuvo tres hijos y al cuarto se casaron y continuaron amándose por 21 años de casados, 29 años juntos.

Le sobreviven sus hijos Laura Vanessa Rojas, Fabian Rojas, Monique Rojas y Felipe Rojas junto con sus nietos Daniel Rojas, Marybella Rojas, Karla Viviana Gómez, Selena Banderas y su esposa Teresa Verónica Vázquez. Le ruegan una Oración para su alma.

“Fue un buen hombre, un buen esposo, un buen padre, un buen abuelo, un buen hermano y amigo de sus amigos. Un hombre que sin duda va ser extrañado por todos. Un día volverán a ser familia y estar todos juntos como tanto deseaban.”

Descansa en Paz, Te mereces el cielo y mas.

Lonna Marie Whipple-Moist

We said good-bye on June 12th, 2021 to Lonna Marie Whipple-Moist, our loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister.   Lonna passed away peacefully at the young age of 73.  She resided with her husband, Cary Moist, in Buckeye, Arizona.

Lonna began her life on July 3rd, 1947 in Lewiston, Idaho.  Born to Jim and Rose Whipple, she enjoyed idyllic, golden days on Lewiston’s Normal Hill, riding bikes, swimming, and camping with her parents and sisters.  She was an exceptional swimmer and athlete, rivaling the boys in the neighborhood.  She was raised in the Christian faith at Trinity Lutheran Church.

She enjoyed her friends from school and made life-long bonds.  She played women’s softball occasionally, with her Dad coaching a team of motivated gals.  Her dad had a special place in his heart for Lonna, as she was his favorite tomboy of his three daughters.  Her sisters knew this, as did she, and accepted it good-naturedly.

Lonna graduated from Lewiston High School in 1965.  She was a majorette at LHS with bound-less school spirit for the Mighty Bengals.  She worked during high school years at the White Pine Cafeteria located on site at Potlatch Forrest Inc.   She was a car lover, and her job afforded her a series of powerful, beautiful cars.  Many a fellow cruiser asked her if she was driving her boyfriend’s car tonight.  ‘Nope” she said proudly.

Lonna’s adult working career began at Pay Less Drug Store on Lewiston’s Main Street where she was manager of the cosmetics department and worked fulltime alongside her mother, Rose.  She met her first husband, Ken Baune, at PayLess and they were married in 1974.    Their family was comprised of three children, Kim, Wendy, and Ryan.  They separated in 1993 and divorced in 1994.

She enjoyed multiple tropical trips over the years with her sisters, daughter, and niece.

In 1993 Lonna moved to the Portland, Oregon area where she worked for Paragon Pacific Insulation and subsequently met Cary Moist.  Lonna and Cary began a relationship and were married May 3rd, 1998 at Persimmon Country Club in Gresham, Oregon. They were happily married for 23 years until she passed.

Lonna and Cary had fun designing and building their dream home near the Persimmon golf course.  She had an amazing talent for decorating and their combined talents put the sparkle into it.

Lonna and Cary golfed regularly and enjoyed many friendships, golfing trips, working tirelessly in their yard, and adoring their cats.  She retired in July of 2009.   In 2018 they moved to Buckeye, Arizona to play golf year round in a warm climate.  They enjoyed their retirement home, and she was thankful to not go through another gray and drizzly Oregon winter.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jim and Rose Whipple, and in-laws Don and Fern Moist.

Lonna is survived by her husband Cary Moist, her three children, Kim Vasquez, Wendy Baune, Ryan Baune and wife Jamie along with five grandchildren, Drake, Grace, and Cody Vasquez;   Hayden and Colton Baune.  She is also survived by her two sisters Judy Havener and DeLayne Brown along with several nieces and nephews.

A graveside interment service will be held at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston, Idaho on Tuesday, June 29th, at 11:00 a.m.  Pastor Alan Daugherty of Trinity Lutheran Church will officiate.  A private family lunch will be held after the service.

We want to thank all those who were friends to Lonna along with all her caregivers in the recent months who provided a loving and caring environment to our dear loved one.  She is safe in our Father’s arms.

In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations in her memory to the Humane Society or a local animal shelter.  Lonna deeply loved all animals, especially cats.

William Alexander Brookins Sr.

William Alexander Brookins Sr. was born in Southfield, Michigan, to Dimitria Renee Brookins (Mother/ since married, last name Coleman) and William Alexander Walker (Father) October 24, 1981. Dimitria Renee Brookins married Michael Darrell Coleman (Stepfather).  He passed on June 8, 2021.

Growing up William Alexander Brookins Sr. loved spending time with his family and friends and especially going on family vacation trips. He had three hobbies that he truly loved doing, singing, bowling and roller skating. William loved to sing. You could always hear him singing something even as a little kid. In Junior High School William sung in the school music choir and was part of an all-male quartet. William was also a part of the senior boys’ choir in high school, although he was a freshman at the time.

William was an avid roller skater and truly enjoyed bowling on the weekends with the family in the bowling league. He was always up to a challenge when it came to these two hobbies. William had a smile that always lit up the room and would make you to smile back. He had a caring heart and would always be there for his family and friends when needed.

He leaves to mourn his 2 children, William Alexander Brookins Jr., and Khyla Demetria Brookins, their mother Krista Martin and play daughter Kalysta Martin, parents, Michael Darrell Coleman, Dimitria Renee B. Coleman, William Alexander Walker and Angelina L. Walker, sisters, Misha Andrews, Felicia (Lisa) Powell (proceeded in death), Nakita Hubbard, Stephanie Martin and Kimberly Alvin, brothers, Rajric Darrell Coleman, Christopher Wilson and Martell Alvin, uncles, Lee Roy Brookins Jr, Terrance Brookins, Leon Brookins, and Shawn Brookins, god parents Krista McCamey, Donald and Liane Wynn, god sisters, Shawna Noble, Heather Wynn and Samantha Kittle, one sister-in-law (Audrey Coleman), grandpa Lee Roy Brookins Sr, grandmas Carleen Brookins, Lois Bryant, and Mary Louise “Red” Miller, and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, close friends, and extended family members.

William, you will truly be missed and will always be a part of our hearts.

We love you William Alexander Brookins Sr.

Your Family

His funeral service will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel on June 30, 2021 starting with a visitation at 11am and the funeral will start at 12pm.  A repass will start immediately after the service.

 

 

 

Judith A Truty

Judith A Truty

1940 – 2021

♭♮♯Judith Ann Truty (nee Pankratz) of Northbrook, Chicago, Villa Park, and Naperville, IL, Tucson, AZ, and Colorado Springs, CO, beloved wife of Louis J Truty, dearest mother of Chris Truty (Heidi), Mark Truty (Jean), Greg Truty (Kathy), Michael Truty (Eileen), and Laura Gallagher (James), blessed to be the grandmother of 14, and great-grandmother of 7, entered eternal rest Sunday June 13, 2021, called home by her Lord. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” –Isaiah 41:10

Our mom lived life in a few phases. She was an only child, and grew up around Chicago and loved to sing with her parents. She worked: she was a first class bookkeeper for a number of small businesses, and a very zippy typist, later a medical transcriptionist. Then, she was a wife and a mom of 5 of us for a long

time. She elected (intentionally) to be known as “Judy Truty”. Really. After our father retired, she became a crafter for her grandchildren and a servant of her local community and church: she was the glue in her homeowners association for a long time, and she and our dad ran a prayer chain that did a lot of good for a lot of people. Even as she battled cancer, she was always what we in the tech industry now call a “creative”. She loved her family most, games and puzzles, silly rhymes, making/sewing toys, most desserts, playing music, dancing, singing, and a good polka (really any polka).

Mom (and Dad) believed in the Catholic doctrine of purgatory. She was humble enough to recognize the likelihood that as a human she’d made plenty of small human mistakes. Our family suggests the best way to honor her rich spiritual life would be to make donations for Catholic masses for the repose of souls, or through prayer itself. Prayers like: “May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace, Amen.” mean a lot. Some people don’t believe in all this – that’s ok – do it anyway 🙂 An online memorial can be found at https://judy.truty.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Judy’s honor to a Catholic charity of your choice; she was a devoted member of the Corpus Christi Catholic Parish community in Colorado Springs, CO.

Kristopher Merchant

On Saturday, June 12, 2021, Kristopher Merchant, loving son, identical twin brother and the elder of 6 siblings, left us far too soon. He was 34 years old.

Kristopher was born on September 23rd, 1986, in Phoenix, Arizona to Nick and Lauren (Gilmore) Merchant.

After graduating from Dobson Highschool in 2005, Kris enlisted in the US Air Force, where he served honorably as a medical technician. He was a volunteer Firefighter for the 3 years was stationed at Hurlburt Field in Florida. He continued his career development by studying the emergency medical services field further as a civilian. Kristopher graduated from Fortis College in Phoenix during July of 2013. Soon thereafter he began his career as a trained paramedic.

Kris had a passion for helping others and becoming the best version of himself possible. This was easy to see in his career choice; He started as a technician in the Air Force, elevated his skills to paramedic status as a civilian, and was poised to round-out his education & career development by achieving his BS in Nursing.

Kristopher’s hobbies included flying gliders, listening to heavy-metal music, attending live-concerts, drawing, watching movies & absorbing as much military history and black history as he could; Kris fostered an insatiable interest in the Tuskegee Airmen.

Above all, Kristopher was known as a man with a Christian heart of gold who knew how to love & appreciate others, even sacrificing his own wants & needs for the benefit of others when Kris felt the situation called for it. Kris was just a “stand-up” kinda guy, without fear of anyone. Kris abhorred injustice, so he defended the weak & defenseless however he could.

Kris was self-driven to do things the “right way”. His self-discipline was admirable, evident in his devotion to actually achieving any goals he set for himself not just dreaming about them.

Most important, his reputation glistened in the sight of his joyful, kind-hearted nature, his reliability, accountability, humility and integrity.

Kris was never married nor fathered any children. However, he is survived by his mother Lauren, stepmother Andrea, father Nick, siblings Craig, Adrienne, Alyx, Leif & Joshua, Paternal Grandparents, Grandmother, Francis E Merchant and Grandfather, Nickey E Merchant Sr and host of Aunts, Uncles and cousins.

You can view at slideshow about Kristopher by using this link:  https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/M3R427CLJDY9H8JT

Mr. Dennis William Preston

Mr. Dennis William Preston, age 65, of Phoenix, AZ died June 6th, 2021 in McKinney, TX. He was born July 16th, 1955 in Cuba, NY to Telfer and Ruth Preston.

Dennis was born and lived in New York, and at the age of 14 his family moved to Blythe, California where he attended high school. He was very involved in his church youth group and high school drama club.

After graduating, he entered the Navy. He left the Navy after a few years and attended college in Hilo, Hawaii. He moved to Oregon to continue college and then re-joined the Navy. He spent the next 23 years in the Navy as a hospital corpsman. He was assigned to two ships, the USS Blue Ridge which was stationed in Japan, and the USS John F. Kennedy stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. He had tours of duty in Guam, San Diego, CA, Bethesda, MD, Norfolk, VA and 29 Palms, CA. Dennis finished his master’s degree shortly before retiring as a Command Master Chief from the Navy in 2004. He moved to Phoenix, AZ to work as a healthcare administrator. He retired from healthcare in 2015 and began working on a farm.

He was involved in music ministry at every church he attended. He was a part of praise team, choir, bell choir and was a soloist as well. He was an elder, taught Sunday school and led youth groups. He was a talented artist and musician. He has done many paintings, he composed music and he completed many wood working projects.

He is survived by his son Caleb and daughter Abigail, as well as his sister Lolly Herrea, brothers Telfer and Calvin Preston, and his mother Ruth Preston.

He was preceded in death by his father Telfer, and his brothers, Greg and Clifford.

A memorial will be held on June, 21st at 3pm at Phoenix Christian Reformed Church 2438 E. Earll Dr. Phoenix. The burial will be at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix on June 22nd at 9am.

Mrs. Mary Green

Mrs. Mary Green, who never in her short life met a stranger, has passed-away at the tender young age of 89. She is survived by 3 of her 4 son’s, 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and numerous friends. She did not have any COVID related illnesses as she had recently tested negative for COVID. She would like everyone who knew her to remember the good times and not sorrow at her passing.

Ismael Aguilar Jr.

He was the first-born son to Ismael and Petra Aguilar. Ismael was a hard worker and made a good life for his family. He was a truck driver/mover for most of his career and loved to drive across the country, but didn’t like that he was away from his family for long periods of time. His passion for the outdoors kept him camping and fishing in Flagstaff and in the White Mountains for many years with his wife, children and grand-children. He left great stories to tell the next generation of the adventures and memories that were shared.

He adored his wife of 52 years, Jessie Aguilar, his children, Lisa Aguilar Caulkins (Arden), Lee Anne Aguilar, Ismael Aguilar III (Tina), Christina Aguilar (Chris Flores) and Xavier Aguilar, 21 grandchildren and 12-great grand-children.

He loved to play tricks on people and was a jokester who liked to have fun and scare you when you least expected it. During his younger years, he loved to dance, sing and spend time with his family. He was a treasured and respected friend to many people. He was rightfully proud of his children, grand-children and great grand-children and he would always brag about them to anyone that would listen. His legacy will continue to live on with each and every member of his family for many years to come.

Ismael will deeply be missed by all who knew him, but he will never be forgotten.

Ismael is preceded in death by his parents, Ismael and Petra Aguilar and his sister, Teresa Price.

A funeral service will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel on June 22, 2021 from 9am to 11am.  He will be buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, Arizona.

Mr. Joseph (Joe) Cappiello

Mr. Joseph (Joe) Cappiello, 80, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away May 22, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born July 1, 1940 to Joseph Cappiello and Dorothea Riley in Brooklyn, New York. He honorably served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1965 as a SP4E/ Radio Operator.  He worked for New York City, Department of Purchases for 34 years and retired as a Staff Analyst.

Joseph was a 4th degree member or the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Pebble Creek Model Railroad Club, and a founding member of the Pebble Creek Irish-American Club and the Pebble Creek Italian-American.

He is survived by his spouse, Elvira (Vera) Cappiello, his daughter, Cara Lohff and son-in-law Jason Lohff, and his sister, Kathryn Pfeffer, brother-in-law, John Pfeffer, niece Karyn Palladino and her husband, Chris, and their children, Mia and Adrian, nephews, Robert Cappiello and John Pfeffer and his wife, Yorleny, and their children, Andrew and Rebecca. Joseph is also survived by his three grandchildren; granddaughter, Zoe Cozzolino, and grandsons, Max Cozzolino and Kade Lohff. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert (Bob) Cappiello.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, June 18, 2021 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church 800 W. Loma Linda Blvd. Goodyear, Arizona 85338. Interment will be held at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona following the memorial service at 1:30PM.

The family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of the West, Kare Bears, or to the American Cancer Society in Joseph’s honor.

Ms. Rose Sharon Muraida

Ms. Rose Sharon Muraida, 61, of Buckeye, Arizona died May 23, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona.  She was born December 15, 1959 to Eloy and Olive Muraida in San Antonio, Texas.

Rose attended & graduated Harlendale High School in San Antonio, TX. She was a proud member of the Harlendale Band and Pep Squad. Years after graduation she moved to Northern California where she started her family and had her 4 children. She resided there until 1995 when she moved herself and her family in Parker, AZ. Rose made many friends once in Arizona with her full of life, loud and funny personality. She spent several years working at La Paz Regional Hospital where she spent time in various departments. Rose loved to sing along to her favorite songs and dance until her feet hurt. She loved cooking and was very good at whipping up great meals. Her love for her children, grandchildren, friends and family ran deep and knew no bounds. She was given the nickname Momma Rose, because she truly loved so many as a mother would love their own child. She will be remembered for her loud laugh, her big personality and the unconditional love she gave to everyone. Rose definitely left her mark on this world and in the hearts of many people. Therefore, she will live on, because she is truly unforgettable.

She is survived by her daughter, Tatiana Jonguitud, sons, Jose Sanchez and Steven Sanchez, brothers, Edward Muraida and Ignacio Rivera, and five grandchildren, Tina Flores, Reina Sanchez, Serenity Solis, Dorian Jonguitud, and Amikka Jonguitud.  Rose is preceded in death by her sisters, Eloise Carmona and Olive “Terry” Deleon, mother, Olive Muraida, and son, Refuglo “Bola” Ibarra.

A funeral service will be held at 1pm on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

James L. Harris Jr

James L. Harris Jr, 89, of Goodyear, Arizona died June 8, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.  He was born August 30, 1931 in Phoenix, Arizona to James L. Harris Sr. and Bessie Harris.

James served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged after serving from 1951 to 1953 as a Pfc(T).

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karen Harris, his daughters, Cheryl Patton (Goodyear), and Carrie Hipskind (Goodyear), step-children, Steve Messing (Pensacola, FL), John Messing (Pensacola, FL), and Shannon Miller (Henderson, NV), brother, Robert Harris (Huntsville, TX), 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and nieces and nephews.  James was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Harris in 2010.

A private service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

The family suggests that donations be made to American Cancer Society.

Mercedes Mia Cabrales

Mercedes Mia Cabrales, 18, of Phoenix, Arizona died May 31, 2021 in Buckeye, Arizona.  She was born April 27, 2003 in Phoenix, Arizona to Adrian Cabrales and Veronica Sanchez.

Mercedes was born an athlete.  She loved the game of softball since the first time her dad pitched a softball to her at the age of five.  Since then, she never stopped.  She was doing online high school through primavera.  She was deeply in love with Joshua Franco, her first real love.  She wanted to accomplish finishing high school and have career as a beautician, maybe even her own business.  Mercedes loved make-up and hair.  Her smile, laugh, love and humor will be remembered.  She loved camping, lakes, fishing, swimming, and anything outdoors.  She will be missed and never forgotten.

She is survived by her boyfriend, Joshua Franco, sisters, Adrianna Cabrales, Jasmine Cabrales, and Karizma Cabrales, parents, Veronica Sanchez and Adrian Cabrales, grandparents, Rosa Corralejo, Oscar Corralejo, Rachel Cabrales, and Terrell Cabrales.  Mercedes was preceded in death by her son, Adrian Franco.

A funeral service will be held at 9am on June 17, 2021 at Desert Hills Baptist Church, 20909 W. Yuma Rd. Buckeye, AZ 85326.  Mercedes will be buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Rd. Avondale, AZ 85392.

The family suggests that donations be made to gofundme.com funeral for Mercedes Cabrales.

Donald Dean Burgess

Donald Dean Burgess was born in DeSoto, Missouri on January 20, 1934 and entered into rest on June 5,2021 at his home in Litchfield Park, Arizona. He was the child of Donald Franklin Burgess and Gertrude (Couch) Burgess.

He graduated from Central Methodist College and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy spending most of his career as a pharmacist at the Rexall Drug in DeSoto, Missouri which he owned and managed for over 50 years.

Donald “Dean” Burgess was married Carol (Lowe) Burgess for 57 years. Dean is proceeded in death by his parents and his wife Carol. He leaves behind three daughters Nancy (Bruce) Wiley, Karen (Scott) Palmer, Donna McMillan and his sister Dorothy (Kent) Kreh. He leaves behind eight grandchildren, Ben, Mitch, Dean, Tess, Claire, Tory, Ryan and Kyle as well as his significant other Suzanne Boyer, also residing in Litchfield Park, AZ

Dean was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast. His generosity and kindness will never be forgotten by those who experienced it.

Lowell K. Foote

Lowell K. Foote, 77, of Avondale, Arizona died May 23, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona.  He was born November 15, 1943 in Mahopac, New York to Wayde R. Foote and Mary C. Foote.

Lowell was born and raised in upstate New York and was a veteran of the United States Navy, actively serving from August 1962 to September 1966.  He spent his civilian career as a professional truck driver while raising four children with his wife, Donna.  He retired to Arizona in 2006 and he spent his time traveling and enjoying the company of friends and family.  Lowell enjoyed all sports, especially NASCAR, strumming the guitar and enjoying a wide variety of music.  Always quick with a joke, his sense of humor will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his daughters, Sheila Wilkinson, Denise Malis, Karen Foote, son, Douglas Foote, sister, Millie Sheerin, brother Rod Foote, and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Foote, father, Wayde Foote, mother Mary C. Foote, and his brother, Bobby Foote.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 pm on June 17, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, Arizona.  The burial will be at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona June 18, 2021 at 10 am, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona.

Ms. Sharon Louise DePace

Ms. Sharon Louise DePace, 76, of Goodyear, Arizona died May 26, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born January 26, 1945 in Seattle, Washington to Daniel DePace and Violet York.

Sharon was previously from Bothell, Washington and moved to Goodyear, Arizona in June 2020. She spent most of her career in a variety of positions in her 50 plus years in banking. She built many fond relationships over the decades. Most recently she was a professional caregiver. She had a passion for being a caregiver to all.

Sharon loved to cheer on her Seattle Seahawks and would make sure she was wearing all the appropriate fan gear.

Horses were her passion since early childhood. She loved to ride them and take care of them. She was the proud owner of race horses and would race them at Emerald Downs and Yakima Meadows in Washington State.

Sharon was never afraid of hard work, always generous, selfless and caring.

She is a proud grandmother of six grandchildren, soon to be a great-grandmother of twin girls. Her family was more important to her than anything else.

Forever remembered by her daughters, Michelle Schroeder (Dale), Dana Horbelt and Suzanne Witsoe, sisters, Teresa Tunget, Deborah Hatfield, Gloria Wilhelm, Connie Anderson, Pennie Morgan, brother, Clarence Hurst, and her grandchildren, Lindsay Loughnan (Ryan), Taylor Gill, Brady Witsoe, Jonah Wallen, Maxwell Horbelt, and Mia Horbelt. Sharon was preceded in death by her brother, Stanley Hurst.

May you Rest in Paradise, until we are all together again.

A funeral service will be held at a later date.

Marcia Jean Hicks

In the early morning hours of May 23, 2021, Marcia J. Hicks, our gentle and continually cheerful daughter, sister, and aunt, surprised us all by passing from this life at age 65.

Marcia was born June of 1955, in Hamilton Ohio. Baptized and confirmed in the Presbyterian Church (USA,) she was an active Presbyterian throughout her life, and several of her life-long friends were those she first came to know through the church youth group. Marcia found her life’s calling when her father, David E. Hicks, fell ill with cancer, and Marcia and her mother, Mae Hicks, nursed him at home through his final months. When that sad duty came to an end, Marcia set off to Louisiana, where she became a paramedic, equipped to reach others in their moments of greatest need. (Somewhere, a baby that Marcia delivered in the back of an ambulance still carries her name!)

But being a paramedic wasn’t enough for Marcia. In 1995, she received a Bachelors of Science Nursing degree from Ball State University in Indiana, and was licensed as a Registered Nurse, working in hospitals in Indiana, Illinois, and Arizona. When she could no longer physically walk the hospital floors, she provided her wisdom and skills through telephone nursing.

Over the years, her sense of adventure took her as far as Hawaii, Alaska, and Central America.

None of this was easy. My gentle sister struggled from her early twenties with mental illness, enduring and overcoming challenges most of us cannot imagine. She was lost, abused, misunderstood, and mistreated, and yet she resolutely pushed through it all with her kind spirit unbroken and her faith in God intact. Not only did she struggle for herself, but she worked to make this life better for others with the same struggle, standing up and speaking out for justice, for better policing, for better understanding in society.

Marcia was very active in the National Alliance of Mental Illness and was a strong participant in the “ln Our Own Voices” program. She addressed assemblies of police officers, nursing students and medical students, clients and staff at mental hospitals, university classes and church groups. By sharing her experience as a medical professional with severe mental illness, and helping law enforcement and medical personnel understand the signs and behaviors of persons with mental illness, Marcia worked to prevent other individuals from experiencing the abuse and traumas she herself had to endure.

In recent years, Marcia made a place for herself in the Bridgewater Living community in central Phoenix, where she could walk to her favorite coffee shop and catch a ride to bookstores and shopping centers. She only recently discovered her creativity, which was a new blessing, as we now have little mementos crafted by her own hands. Even the COVID 19 pandemic could not stop her from reaching out to others through social media. As restrictions lifted in recent weeks, she began leading a bible study.

Marcia is survived by her mother, The Reverend Mae Hicks, her brother, The Reverend David C. Hicks, sister Laura Lee Imai, nieces Suzanna Hicks Rea and Gabriel Imai, nephew Peter D. Hicks, and great-nephews Matthew and William Hostetter.

A memorial and internment service will be held at the Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church, 1565 E Warner Rd, Tempe, AZ, on July 7th at 2pm. No flowers, please. If you wish to give a memorial in Marcia’s name, please make a donation to Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church.

Neill Martin

Neill Martin

January 12, 1931 – June 5, 2021

With deep sadness, we announce the passing of Neill Martin in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 5, 2021, at the age of 90. He will always be loved and remembered in the hearts of his loving wife, Gretchen, sons Chris (Michelle) and Greg (Alexis), daughter Michelle (John), and his 4 grandchildren, Tiffany, Nicholas, Benjamin and Alexandra.

Neill was born in San Francisco in 1931 and spent his youth in southern California in Laguna Beach. While growing up, he spent countless hours diving, fishing and boating in the ocean and had a great love of sports which he continued throughout his life. Neill graduated from Chaffey High School in Ontario, California in 1948, and attended Chaffey Junior College from 1949 – 1950. In 1951, he moved to Venice Beach, California and attended UCLA where he was a walk-on with the UCLA basketball team, under legendary coach John Wooden, who was an early mentor to him.

In 1952, Neill was drafted by the US Armed Forces to fight in the Korean War. He is proud of his service and was a true patriot throughout his life. After his tour of duty, he resumed his college studies at UCLA before transferring to University of California at Riverside (“UCR”). In 1957, he graduated with a geology degree from UCR, and then commenced working for American Cement Company. While working at American Cement, Neill also obtained his Master’s degree in Geophysics from UCR.

Neill met his future wife Gretchen (a school teacher) in Riverside. They married in 1962 and had their first two children, Chris and Michelle, while in Riverside. In 1968, American Cement transferred Neill and the family to Palma de Mallorca in Spain where they lived for two years. In 1970, Neill began work for a new company in Caracas, Venezuela, where the family lived for three years. In Venezuela, Neill and family were frequently on the ocean, enjoying fishing, diving and boating. In 1972, the family’s third child (Greg) was born in Caracas.

In 1973, Neill took advantage of a job opportunity in Calgary, Canada. Since then, Neill and Gretchen have resided in Calgary on a full or part-time basis. Neill has worked in several industries in Calgary, including the oil patch, where he was a business consultant and an owner of a reservoir engineering company. He was a trail blazer as the first graduate of the MBA program at the University of Calgary (“U of C”), and later became an adjunct marketing professor at the U of C. As part of his business career, Neill was a director of Antrim Energy and the Canadian Sport Association, where he provided valuable guidance.

In Calgary, Neill continued his love of the outdoors taking the family on numerous camping, hiking, boating and fishing trips in Alberta and British Columbia. He also went on annual salmon and halibut fishing trips for 35 years to coastal British Columbia that became hallowed ground for Neill and the numerous people who accompanied him. Neill loved taking the family on trips all over the US and Western Canada, including annual trips to Mexico which provided the family numerous special memories and invaluable experiences.

In 1999, Neill and Gretchen bought a house in the Goodyear area of Phoenix, Arizona. They continue to have a residence in Goodyear today, splitting time between Calgary and Goodyear as “snowbirds”. Neill’s love of politics and global affairs made him an intricate part of the Pebble Creek “Great Decisions” group in their Goodyear community.

Led by his innate curiosity, Neill was an avid traveler and explorer, as he and Gretchen travelled all over the globe and enjoyed learning about cultures across every continent and all walks of life. In particular, Neill was an accomplished scuba diver and underwater photographer and did numerous presentations for the Calgary Dive Club. He was a captivating story-teller and an incredibly interesting man.

Neill lived his life for his family. Married for nearly 59 years, Gretchen was the love of his life, best friend, and constant travelling companion. He deeply loved his children and grandchildren and loved attending their sporting events, special activities and sharing his passions and stories with them. Neill was a mentor to his kids, grandkids, students and friends and positively impacted the many people he came into contact with. He will never be forgotten and his spirit lives on …

A Celebration of Neill’s life will be held at a later date when we can all gather together safely.

We encourage friends to request an invitation to his memorial site at Neill-Martin.Forevermissed.com and to post tributes and memories.

Mr. Larrie Edgar Cochran

Mr. Larrie Edgar Cochran, 88 of Goodyear, Arizona died 06.06.2021 in Goodyear Arizona. He was born 06.28.32 in Bolivar Missouri to Clarence Edgar Cochran and Mary Frances Cochran (Schaefer).

Through his years with us, he shared many stories of his life- times about him and his brother running the family farm in Guthrie Center, Iowa, and his 8 years he spent serving his country in the United States Navy as a Quality Engineer overseas during the Korean War. After returning to the states, started his career with Ford Motor Company -Tractor division as a Quality Inspector in Des Moines, Iowa and found his true love and soulmate Mary Vandevanter. Her mother reached out to his mother and arranged for Larrie to drive Mary back and forth to school in Des Moines. After a few weeks, he had the courage to ask her out on a date…..they were united in holy matrimony  on October 15, 1960.

His career at Ford took them to Waukee, Iowa where they had their first to children Deborah and Steven. Then an opportunity came with Ford they felt the needed to take and took them to Michigan. Their third child, Monica was born. Larrie was an amazing father, he enjoyed sports and help coach little league. He was a competitive bowler whether it was on a men’s or couples league. He made it a family event.

Larrie loved to golf, remembering the times he would take us kids with him, our hopes was that there was a golf cart involved so we could drive him around but most of the time there wasn’t ….those hills at the golf course in Guthrie Center Iowa….some of us thought he was trying to show that he could keep up with us and we were actually trying to keep up with him. Larrie was always a competitive person, many of nights we would play cards or board games, well lets just say he would win a majority of the time, even up to his passing you could see his mind assessing what move he was going to make or card to play. He was an active member at St. William’s Catholic church, where he would usher during the services, helped at the food bank, and ran Bingo night to raise money for the church.

He celebrated his 30 years and retired from Ford Motor Company. After 33 years of being married to Mary, he laid her to rest on June 9, 1994. They had made plans to retire to Bullhead City, Arizona, so Larrie kept their dreams and moved there in 1997 along with his daughter and granddaughter. He bought his dream car – a convertible Ford Mustang, he was always seen smiling when he drove it.

Larrie continued to enjoy golfing, bowling, and family visits/trips. He always loved spending time with his grandchildren. He did work different jobs to keep him busy. In March 2020, he decided to move to Phoenix, Arizona where he spent the remainder of his life spending time with his family and managing through Covid. Up until the day he passed, he continued to be competitive in card and board games. All that knew Larrie, knew he had a sweet tooth, his favorite part of dinner/supper was dessert mostly likely because his mother was an amazing cook/baker. He followed in his mother footsteps and loved to make fudge and would send it to all his family and friends during the holidays.

He is survived by his daughters, Deborah M. Poole Thompson and Monica L. Rhea, his son, Steven L. Cochran and daughter-in-law Judi Cochran. Larrie is also survived by his grandchildren; Corey Rhea, Brittany Poole, Brandon Rhea, Amanda Cochran, Tyler Rhea, and Austin Rhea and his great-granddaughters, Ellie Rhea and Lydia Rhea. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Teresa Cochran (Vandevanter), his parents Clarence Edgar Cochran and Mary Frances Cochran (Schaefer), his grandson Zachery Steven Cochran, his Brother Carol Cochran and Carol’s wife Barbara Cochran, and his Son-in-law Daryll G Rhea.

A visitation and memorial will be held at 3:00pm on 9th of June 2021, at Thompson Funeral Chapel 926 South Litchfield Road, Goodyear, Arizona 85338.

Larrie’s ashes will be laid to rest in Milford Cemetery in Milford, Michigan at a later date.

Reverend David Ray Manriquez Sr

Reverend David Ray Manriquez Sr, born on March 19, 1941 in El Centro, CA.

My dad always said, “Jesus was born in a manger and I was born in a chicken coop”. Born to Ramon Manriquez and Sarah Lujan Manriquez, they were pioneering a church when she was ready to give birth. A church member who didn’t have much, offered an old chicken coop on her property and grandpa was able to convert it into a space they would call home.

Shortly after, the family moved to Santa Pala, CA then eventually to Los Angeles where grandma made many sacrifices to make sure Pop and his 5 siblings had a proper education and opportunities for a good life. It was in Los Angeles where he met our mother and they were married in 1961. From that point on, they were known as “Sweet and Sweetheart”. Shortly following were three sons: Raymond, David and Anthony. In 1967, my dad moved us to San Bernardino, CA where my grandfather was pastoring at Temple Siloe and Pop became his co-pastor. My father then attended Latin American Bible Institute, of the Assemblies of God where he received his ministers license. Years later he was asked to be an instructor of the extended classes offered in Banning, CA through LABI.

My dad had a deep love for the Word of God and recognized he had a calling to share the Love of Jesus Christ and how God can change their lives. He jumped at any opportunity to preach. He was 8 years old the first time he preached on a children’s radio program in downtown Los Angles with LIFE Ministries. After graduating Columbia Radio Broadcasting in 1971, he started his first radio program in Redlands, CA on public radio on Sunday mornings. This is when his long-awaited princess was born and we received our little sister, Eileen.

As the years followed Pop would have many opportunities to preach the Word of God. Some were in places most of us would not like to go but my dad went anyway. He said, “If God makes the way for me to go, I will go”. He was invited to preach in the toughest prison and small villages in Mexico alongside his dad. In 1972, Pop pastored in San Bernardino, CA. In 1976 my grandfather went home to be with the Lord. Shortly after, Pop was offered to pastor in San Jacinto, CA (New Life Chapel). Together, my parents pastored there for over 7 years.

In 1985, Pop completed his AA as Valedictorian with an interest in Phycology at Mt. San Jacinto Community College and later went on to receive his Master’s in Theology though Bethel Bible College. With a love for education, Pop was excepted at the University of San Diego where he continued his education. While in San Diego, he connected with Pastor Vicente Montano and became his co-pastor at Zion Christian Center and co-host on the TV program Diles. This program was played throughout Central America and North America which opened many doors for him to go minister around the world. Just to name a few, Pop preached in the Philippines, Costa Rica, Porta Rico, Cuba, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, El Salvador, and many State in the US. While on vacation in Israel, he was asked to lead communion to his tour group in The Upper Room, the same place where the Lord had His last supper. In San Diego, Pop had the privilege of meeting world-renowned evangelist, George Otis who owned a short way radio station in Los Angeles. Otis invited Pop to preach on the radio every week all around the world once again.

In 1995, my parents moved to Palm Springs, CA where they thought they would retire. Pop was never able to just sit still, so he agreed to help a friend at the local Salvation Army who was looking for help to build their new Community Center. Shortly after, Pop was drafted into the Salvation Army where he served as the Envoy in Charge were they pastored for 10 years, our mother always by his side. He worked hard to help raise over $5,000,000.00 to build a brand-new church, and when it was finished being built, he felt he was ready to retire in Goodyear, AZ. But…. Pop never did learn how to retire. He was always meeting up with old friends and making new friends. When people realized he was anointed to preach, he would always be asked to help pastor, teach, and/or preach. He never pasted up an opportunity to share the unadulterated Gospel.

In 2019, Pop fell sick and ended up in the hospital for the first time ever. As a result, he was left with only 20% of his heart function and his doctor told him he had to stop pastoring. This was devastating to him because he had always said, “When I die, I want to die preaching and doing the work of the Lord or die in my sleep.”  Pop was determined to keep preaching so he made FaceBook his platform and used social media to spread the gospel daily to people he would never meet all over the world. Everyone who heard him, loved him. And thousands of souls were won into the Kingdom of Heaven because Pop made it his life mission to never stop sharing the Gospel to all who would listen.

After recovering, the Lord led him to Tolleson Christion Center where he told my mom, “This feels like home”. Pastor Fernando Jimenez and the church welcomed my parents with open arms. Understanding his limitations, pastor included them into the church and kept a close eye on them. As time pasted and my dad became stronger, Pastor Fernando gave him a place of honor and involved him as much as Pop was willing.

We believe this is what kept my dad going these past 2 years. It was here where Pop was able to fulfill his live long desire and preach his final sermon on the last Sunday before his passing. My family and I would like to Thank you Pastor Jimenez and the Tolleson Christian Center church family, for receiving our parents into your family and for caring for them as a part of your family. Pop was incredibly blessed and went home to the Lord on his terms peacefully in his sleep on Saturday morning, May 29, 2021.

Robert (Bob) Willard Barth

Robert (Bob) Willard Barth, our brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, passed away at the age of 59 on May 8, 2021.  He will be missed greatly and will be thought of often.  Bob had an incredible sense of humor and one of the quickest wits ever.  You were always laughing If you were around Bob.

Bob’s passion was his dogs.  He had two Weimaraner pups, Zak and Ozzie, who were his best friends.  He took great joy in training them to hunt and being part of the Valley of the Sun Weimaraner Club AKC.  He was so proud of them every time they earned another ribbon! Bob’s other passion was golf.  He was out on the golf course every chance he could with his golfing buddies. 

Bob worked for KPS Global for over 40 years.  There he met people who became longtime friends.  Bob was born in Rushville, NE and lived in the Phoenix and Goodyear areas for over 50 years.  He graduated from West Phoenix High School. He is preceded in death by his father, Gene Barth, mother, Mary Barth, and brother, Daniel Barth.  He is survived by his siblings, Kathy Barth (Ken), Christine Gold (Jim) and Doug Barth (Tonia), nephews and niece, numerous cousins, good friends and co-workers. 

Bob leaves a void and ache in our hearts, and we will miss him. 

Michael (Mike) Wayne Midkiff

On May 25, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with cancer, Michael (Mike) Wayne Midkiff passed away just shy of his 80th birthday.  Mike was born in Camden, Arkansas, the youngest son of Irene and Samuel Midkiff. At the age of 9 he moved to the Sunnyslope area of Phoenix, AZ. In 1959 he graduated from Sunnyslope High School, and in 1988 he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Management from the University of Phoenix. Shortly after high school, Mike joined the US Coast Guard and continued as a reservist until his Honorable Discharge in 1967. In 1963 Mike joined the Phoenix Police Department where he proudly served for 32 years, retiring as a lieutenant in 1995.

Mike had a wonderful sense of humor, an easygoing manner, and loved the outdoors.  He was an avid fisherman and his idea of a perfect day was when he was on a lake in his boat trying to outsmart fish with a variety of lures and live bait. His used his Coast Guard training to teach his family the proper way to tie a variety of knots, a skill that came handy on several camping and houseboat trips. For over 40 years Mike bowled in a variety of leagues, and in later years he took up golf where he relentlessly pursued the elusive perfect swing.  Mike was a patient fan of all Arizona sports teams and a longtime season ticket holder to the Arizona Cardinals games where he wore his custom “Pa Middy” jersey.  Mike enjoyed traveling across the United States as well making trips to Mexico, Canada, and Europe where he stood out in crowds wearing his signature fedora hat.

Mike is survived by his wife of 42 years, Pat.  He was a loving and proud father to Dawn, Darin (Libby), and David (Lesley), grandfather to Taylor and Caden Midkiff, Chase Rodriquez, Austin and Logan Sluder, and uncle to his brother Tom’s children Cathy, Kristy, and Kevin and to his brother Kenneth’s son, Kenneth, Jr. Both of his brothers preceded him in death.  Mike’s family wishes to thank the staff of Comprehensive Hospice and Palliative Care for the care and support they gave to Mike and his family in his final days.

Mike will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at a later time.

Michele Mathews

Michele Mathews, 44, of Glendale, Arizona died on April 11, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona.  She was born March 20, 1977 in the Philippines on Clark Air Force Base to Richard Mathews and Carlota Flores.

Michele was a gradate of Agua Fria Union High School, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Arizona State University. She was employed at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona as a Community Specialist. She enjoyed her pets, spending time with family and friends and being artistic and creative.

Michele is survived by her brothers, Edward and Randy Mathews and her mother, Carlota Mathews.

Services were held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery on Friday, April 23, 2021.

Jesse James Barajas Jr

Jesse James Barajas Jr. 52, of Phoenix, Arizona died May 23, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.  He was born January 3, 1969 to Jesse Barajas and Betty Higuera in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jesse was a wonderful man whose great story telling abilities and outstanding taste in music will warm our hearts for all of our lifetimes. Jesse was a loving father/grandfather to 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Being a father was something he took absolute pride in. Jesse raised his children to be compassionate, respectful, loving, loyal, honest, and taught them the true meaning of family. Jesse never forgot to say “I love you.” Followed by the most unforgettable bear hugs that were so tight I can still feel them. Jesse was a true jack of all trades. He was a fabulous dancer, great cook, crafty carpenter/handyman, teacher, motivator, and a master instigator/jokester. Those are just a few of many beautiful qualities that Jesse brought to this world. With all that being said we can all rest easy at night knowing that Jesse has done his part in this life and has earned his “Golden Wings.” We all know in our hearts we are protected by the most glorious guardian Angel that heaven has to offer. May you Rest In Paradise, until we are all together again.

Forever remembered by his daughters Kristina and Jessica and sons Jesse and Matthew. Also, by his grandchildren Jayce, Kyleigh, Tyce and Lada. Jesse will also be lovingly remembered by his siblings, Bobbi (sister) and brother Xavier, Michael and Manuel.  He is survived by his mother Betty Higuera.

All service information is private at this time.

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