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|MATTHEW "Matt/Ski" C. LASKOWSKI
Died: 02-25-2004, at age 32, while serving his country in Habbiniyah,
U.S. Navy Persian Gulf Veteran.
U.S. Army Iraq Veteran.
Branch: U.S. Navy
Branch: U.S. Army, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Active Duty.
Rank: CWO-Chief Warrant Officer-2
Unit: 4th Squadron, Outlaw Troop, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, from
Fort Carson, Colorado.
Matt was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Meritorious Service
When Matt transferred to the Army, he earned his Aviator Badge in 2000.
Matt Laskowski was killed when his OH-58 helicopter crashed into the
Euphrates River. Matt was one of two soldiers killed 02/25/2004 (CW2
Stephen "Steve" M. Wells, 29, of Massachusetts, also died in the same
crash), when their helicopter crashed in Habbinayah, Iraq. Matthew was
flying an Army Kiowa helicopter when it crashed into the Euphrates River
about 120 miles northwest of Baghdad. Family members said Army officials
told them the helicopter clipped power lines. Prior to serving in Iraq,
Matt had also been stationed in South Korea as air support to D Troop,
4-7 CAV on the ground. When Matt was in the Navy (he joined in 1990 and
served 9 years as an aircraft mechanic), his tour was as an Aviation
Electrician's Mate Instructor at the NATTC-AE school in Pensacola,
Florida; where he set a high example in leadership, professionalism and
military bearing for others to follow and ensuring that they had trained
the best. He was also a motivating factor in other Naval instructors to
pursue the Warrant Officer program for the Army. Matt also inspired and
influenced others at the AE schoolhouse to join and volunteer with
Escambia Search and Rescue (ESAR). He is remembered by fellow
instructors for having a silly sense of humor and zest for being in the
gym. Matt was noted for his strength; he could bench-press 430 pounds.
Matt always tried to be the best and go that extra step. Matt's
wife/widow is Jennifer "Jen" Laskowski. Jen and Matt 1st met when she
was 15 years old. They have 2 daughters, Isabel and Aniela. Matt's
Father is Norbert R. Laskowski, and stepmother Shelli, of Yarnell,
Arizona. He is preceded in death by his Mother Mary DeHart. Matt's
brothers are Douglas "Doug" Laskowski, Bradley "Brad" Laskowski (wife,
Susan), Jeffrey "Jeff" Laskowski, and Andrew Eshkibok. Matt's sister is
Aimee (Eshkibok) Gartner, MHS; 1990. His Mother-in-law is Lydia Estrella,
and his brother-in-law is Aurelio Estrella, Jr. Matt loved flying, scuba
diving and Mexican food, but none of those hobbies came close to the way
he felt about his wife and daughters. His biggest thing was spending
time with his daughters, he loved every minute of it. Family was 1st to
him. In honor of Matt, Jennifer was sent a "Marine
Comfort Quilt." Matt is also remembered on the
Fallen Heroes Memorial, Operation Iraqi Freedom, also
Page, and the Arizona
Veterans Memorial, in Bullhead City, Arizona, and by the
Fund. News articles include: "Coming
Home Denied; Family trying to cope with GI's death," The Arizona
Republic by Connie Cone Sexton; and "Army Chief Warrant Officer Matthew
C. Laskowski," Rocky Mountain News by Brian D. Crecente; and "America
At War," The Gazette by Andrea Brown, and "Honor
the fallen." When Matt was last home in January 2004, he shared with
his family the following: "He reiterated how important the job they were
doing was. He would talk about the conditions that people were living
in. He wanted them to have the same freedom we have. He wanted to make
things better, that was always his goal.” Visitation and a rosary was
held Wednesday, 03/03/2004, at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 West
Thunderbird Road, Peoria, Arizona. Funeral Mass was Thursday,
03/04/2004, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 10815 North 35th Avenue,
Phoenix, Arizona. Interment at: Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 West Thomas
Road, Avondale, Arizona 85323. Gravesite location is in the military
section, in the southwest area of the cemetery. Matt is laid to rest
next to Warren "Wade" Sutton, a fellow Veteran (of the Vietnam War) and
MHS-1968 alumni. The Matthew Laskowski memorial fund is at Arizona
Federal Credit Union, account # 5425551. "Fair Winds and Following
Seas," Matt is greatly loved and sorely missed by many.
DANIEL "Dan/Danny" NICOLAS SAENZ
Born: 01-04-1972, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Died: 08-27-2004, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Danny was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Frank and Evelyn Saenz. Danny
attended Saint Vincent De Paul Elementary & graduated from Maryvale High
School in 1990. He went on to get a Bachelor's Degree from the
University of Phoenix & worked in the telecommunications industry for 9
years. He was a fun-loving, outgoing person who loved being surrounded
by family & friends. Danny is survived by his wife Sarah; children,
Devon, Damien, Aliyah, & Andrew; parents Frank & Evelyn; brother Frank
"Frankie" (Esther) Saenz, MHS; 1980, sister Diana (Nick); grandparents,
Grandma Jenny & Nana Cuca; 3 nephews & 1 niece in addition to many
aunts, uncles, cousins & friends. Visitation was held, with Rosary, on
Thursday, 09/02/2004, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 La Pasada
Blvd., Goodyear, Arizona. Funeral Mass was Friday, 09/03/2004, at St.
John Vianney Catholic Church. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy
Arcadia Funeral Home. Published in The Arizona Republic on