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VAN LANER ALDRIDGE
Born: 01-27-1968, in Avery, North Carolina USA
Died: 05-1992, in Arizona.
Van participated in football during his freshman year in 1983. Van's
siblings are: Kimberlin Aldridge, MHS; 1982, Darryl Aldridge, MHS; 1988,
and Lillian Aldridge, MHS; 1989. Van's Father is Lewis Mc Aldridge.
BERNARD E. BECHTEL
JOSEPH "Joe" JOHN BONAIUTO
Died: 06-26-1994, at 26 years of age, in Phoenix, Maricopa County,
Joe's obituary was published in the Arizona Republic, Section CL, page
19, on 06/29/1994.
MARK ALLEN CAMP
Born: 06-29-1968 in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Died: 10-01-1994, at 26 years of age, in a car accident.
Mark was an only child. He lived in New Mexico until the mid 1970s, when
he moved to Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona in
02/1986. He loved fishing, boating and the mountains. His wife is
Cynthia "Cindy" (Silva) Camp, MHS; 1986. They married on 06/04/1994. The
day of his funeral, 10/04/1994, would have been their 4 month wedding
anniversary. Mark's Aunt is Judy (Camp) Siler, MHS; 1972. Mark's
obituary was published in the Arizona Republic, Section CL, page 12, on
DANIEL "Dan" W. COX
Died: 04-06-1994, in Lincoln County, Montana.
Dan participated in "Company C" of the MHS-ROTC program during his
Daniel last resided in Gallatin, Montana USA.
BENNY SCOTT ESPEJO
Born: 11-19-1968, in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona
Died: 10-28-1990, at 21 years of age, in Phoenix, Maricopa County,
Benny was a student at the time of his passing. He is survived by a
daughter, Aryelle Vance; and a son, Paris Vance. His parents are Lucio
Espejo and Dorothy Thompson. Benny has three sisters, two of them are
Selah Espejo, MHS; 1983, and Yolanda Espejo, MHS; 1984, also four
brothers, and grandparents, and a sister-in-law is Trudy (Koches) Espejo,
MHS; 1981. Visitation was Friday, 11/02/1990; at Greer Chapel and
Funeral Home, 5921 West Thomas Road, Phoenix, Arizona; and Services were
Saturday, 11/03/1990, at the mortuary chapel. Published in the Arizona
Republic, Section C, page 3, on 11/02/1990; and in the Phoenix Gazette,
Section F, page 5, on 11/02/1990.
SHARLA D. (FERRIN) HIGHTOWER
Died: 09-26-2003, at 35 years of age, from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), of
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona
A memorial service to celebrate Sharla's life was held Wednesday,
10/01/2003 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at
3527 West Happy Valley Road, Phoenix, Arizona. Published in the Arizona
Republic on 10/01/2003. Visitation was on Friday, 10/03/2003 at Caldwell
Chapel. Further visitation was on Saturday, 10/04/2003 at Pima LDS
Church, Pima, Arizona. Services were also on Saturday, 10/04/2003 at
Pima LDS Chapel. Arrangements entrusted to Bunker's Caldwell Chapel.
Published in the Arizona Republic on 10/02/2003.
ROBERT ARTHUR FRANZEN
Died: 04-20-2003 at 34 yrs. of age.
Robert had posted a personal profile on the
website. The profile has 47 photos posted of himself and his precious
eclectic art collection. Robert wrote a book entitled: "Divine
Intervention" The Time Travels of A Lonely soul... by Robert A. Franzen,
that was to be published in 2003. Robert attended John F. Long
Elementary, 1974; John Wesley Powell Elementary, 1980; Desert Sands
Middle School, 1982; and MHS, 1986. Memorial services were held Friday,
04/25/2003 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 529 E. La Paseda Blvd.,
Goodyear, Arizona. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 West Thomas
Road, Avondale, Arizona 85323; in the cremains wall located in the
outside wall next to the Southwest grounds of the cemetery. Robert last
resided in Glendale, Arizona. Published in The Arizona Republic
passed away on 10-17-2013
Teresa Imes DeBacker
Died: 1984/85, during his junior class year.
MHS 1985 annual lists Troy's name on page # 230; in a memorial
dedication, stating that his death was alcohol-related, in an auto
accident. It isn't known if Troy died in the same car accident as Tim
Post, MHS; 1985 and Shauna Simpson, MHS; 1987. The 1985 Panthorian
yearbook is dedicated to all 3 of them and memories of them. Troy's
sisters are: Karen Hammerstedt, MHS; 1979, and Judy Hammerstedt, MHS;
Died: 1984, in her sophomore class year.
BRIAN A. MACK
Died: 01-13-2005, while serving his country in Mosul, Iraq.
Brian was an Airborne Ranger, Iraq Veteran.
Brian was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal.
Criteria for receiving a Purple Heart: Any member of the U.S. Armed
Forces killed or wounded in an armed conflict.
Criteria for receiving the Bronze Star: Heroic or meritorious
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: MSGT., 1st Class; promoted posthumously to Master Sergeant.
MSGT., 1st CLASS, U.S. ARMY
Veteran Service Dates: 11/22/1988 - 01/13/2005
Date of Interment: 01/21/2005
Buried at: Section 52 Site 177
National Memorial Cemetery
Brian A. Mack, joined the Army at age 20, was assigned to the Fort Lewis
Stryker Brigade. In Iraq, Mack had volunteered to be platoon sergeant to
young Army scouts. Mack, a Phoenix native, was promoted posthumously to
master sergeant, becoming the highest-ranking, noncommissioned
(enlisted) officer from Fort Lewis to die in Iraq. He was a Stryker
brigade soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, MSG Brian A.
Mack, 36, of Phoenix, Ariz., died 01-13-2005 in Mosul, Iraq (where
combat had grown more intense as Iraqi elections scheduled for late
January, 2005 approached), when his military vehicle was hit by an
improvised explosive device; he was hit by shrapnel from a roadside
bomb. He was standing in a hatch of his Stryker armored vehicle. Mack
was assigned to/a member of Task Force Olympia, a combined force that
includes the 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 21st Infantry Regiment, 25th
Infantry Division (the 2nd Stryker brigade) based at Fort Lewis,
Washington, other units from Fort Lewis and about 300 members of the 81st
Brigade Combat Team, a Washington State National Guard unit
headquartered at Camp Murray. Brian spent the last 16 years of active
service with the United States Army, the last 13 years as an Airborne
RANGER. There are no safe Army jobs in Iraq, but Master Sgt. Brian Mack
could have chosen one less dangerous than leading a scout platoon in the
streets of Mosul. He'd already completed his assignment as a platoon
sergeant, training and caring for 40 infantrymen. He could have taken a
headquarters staff job. “Most would have sat back and said, 'I've done my
time,’ but not Mack,” Lt. Robert Decker told mourners at a memorial
ceremony for the fallen soldier held at the main post chapel at Fort
Lewis, Wash. “You couldn't drag him away from troops. He risked his life
with us every day, being with his boys.” Mack was popular with fellow
soldiers in the brigade, he was considered to be a great friend, leader
and a brave soldier who instilled the best on his soldiers and had the
ability to make them braver, he was greatly admired. For the past couple
of years Mack was in charge of advanced specialty training across the
4,200-soldier 1st Brigade. “He was the one I sent soldiers to when they
wanted to be better,” said Carlton Dedrich, who retired last year as the
brigade’s command sergeant major. “He was the best, and he loved to train
soldiers. He was the most passionate leader and soldier that I ever met.”
Mack volunteered to be platoon sergeant with the 3-21’s scouts in Iraq.
Decker, the young lieutenant in charge, said he was grateful for Mack’s
move. It is the experienced platoon sergeants job to teach his young
commander about life with soldiers. “He watched my back and took care of
me,” Decker said, Mack’s widow, Lisa, their daughter Ashley, 17, held
one another tight and cried together throughout the ceremony at the main
post chapel. Decker and one of the platoons squad leaders, Staff Sgt.
Michael Mesmer, were home on leave when Mack was killed. They struggled
to keep their composure as they eulogized their friend. “Brian cared
about me,” Mesmer said, “as he did all of his men: from his heart.” Mack
lived in DuPont, Washington before his deployment. He is survived by his
wife Lisa, and daughter Ashley. Surviving family include parents Rick
Barbara, his brother Kevin Mack, MHS; 1983 and his family. In-laws Ted
Paula Randall and brother Gary. Services for the MSGT. were held at the
Chapel of Chimes Mortuary, 7924 North 59th Ave. Glendale, AZ. on Friday
01-21-2005. Burial services for him immediately followed at the National
Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ. Department of the Army, United States
of America 1775 Dignity Memorial. Published in The Arizona Republic on:
01/20/2005. Brian attended Spitalny Elementary, and Frank Borman Jr. High
School. Brian was an "All-star Catcher and Pitcher" in Little League, he
was on the Downs-Spitalny Dodgers-1980 team, and went on to compete in the
Little League All-star Tournament held at Holiday Park School. Brian
stood head and shoulders above the group with his Leadership,
Competitiveness, Athletic Ability, Toughness and most of all his Bravery.
He accepted challenge, without hesitation, and showed his effectiveness as
a True Leader. Brian's personal qualities had a positive impact on his
teammates and coaches, who furthered their own personal years of
competitive ball and always applied the Spirit, Pride and Determination that
was learned from Brian Mack. "Brian: Thank you 'My Brother' for your
Bravery in accepting the 'Ultimate Challenge'. I know it was done
without hesitation... May God Bless You." Coach Danny Baca.
"Steve" N. MASTERSON
TIMOTHY "Tim" J. McMONIGAL
Died: 05-31-1988, at 20 years of age, in Phoenix, Maricopa County,
Tim is a U.S. Veteran
Branch: U.S. Air Force
Service period: 03/07/1988 - 05/31/1988
Buried at: Section 26 Site 124
Cemetery Of Arizona
23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85024
In 1984-85, during Tim's junior year, he was a member of the MHS-JROTC
and was the Information Officer. Tim's brother is Tom McMonigal, MHS;
1985. His parents are Patrick and Joanne McMonigal. Obituary was
published in the Arizona Republic, Section F, page 7, on 06/03/1988, and
in the Phoenix Gazette, Section E, page 12, on 06/03/1988. Tim last
resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.
ANTHONY "Tony" ROWE
Tony was a systems engineer with IBM. He last resided in Sioux Falls,
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