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Joshua Amos Pete: A life remembered
By LARRY HENDRICKS
Assistant City Editor | Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 11:00 pm
He was an honor student. He was a soldier who served his country
in Afghanistan. He was beloved by his family and friends and will
be deeply missed.
Joshua "Josh" A. Pete, 23, died Monday when his bicycle collided
with a city garbage truck on Butler Avenue in Flagstaff. His
father, Amos, said his son was on his way from his temporary job at
W.L. Gore's eastside campus to classes at Northern Arizona
He was born April 26, 1986, in Chinle.
Raymond Etcitty, his uncle-in-law, said, "He was very, very
challenging to himself - always wanted to help somebody. He was a
caring, humble individual."
According to information released by the family, Pete attended
Christensen Elementary School and Mount Elden Middle School.
After graduating from Coconino High School, Pete could have gone
straight to college, but Etcitty said Pete wanted to serve his
tribe, his community and his country by enlisting in the U.S.
After completing basic training, he was sent to Afghanistan with
the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Polk, La. Amos
said his son eventually attained the rank of specialist. He served
as a fire team leader, providing force protection to military
installations in Afghanistan.
BELIEVED IN WHAT HE DID
Among Pete's awards and distinctions are: Army Commendation
Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal,
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal
and Expert Infantry Badge.
Amos said he appreciates the support of family and friends.
"There's been so much support," Amos said.
Kathleen Jones of the Marines Army Navy Air Force support group
said Pete was one of the first Flagstaff soldiers to whom the group
sent care packages while he was deployed.
Jones said she last saw Pete at a MANA event at the American
Legion NAU Homecoming breakfast on Oct. 24.
"The times we were around Josh, he was quiet, well-mannered,
really appreciated all the care packages we sent him," Jones said.
"He did believe in what he did."
THERE WERE TEARS
Etcitty said that the military service established in Pete a
desire to become a public servant and focus on being helpful to his
tribe, his community and his country. He was known for his
discipline in achieving his goals.
Pete served one tour of duty in Afghanistan and was honorably
discharged from the Army in May 2008. He then enrolled at Northern
Arizona University in the fall of 2008 to study visual
communication, according to information from NAU.
Chris Johnson, Pete's communication professor at Northern
Arizona University, said he told his classmates today in visual
communications. There were tears.
"Josh was a great student," Johnson said. "He had potential to
be a great designer."
The class focuses on multimedia and Web design, Johnson
"He was a well-respected guy," Johnson said. "It's hit us pretty
hard and he will be missed."
Amos said he had recently been talking to his son about going
into a Web-based business together. Pete was to design the Web
Pete is survived by his father, mother Michelle, sister Clarissa
and a large, extended family.
Amos said that burial will be at Citizens Cemetery in the
Veterans Section. Service information is still being finalized.
Donations can be made to Lozano's Flagstaff Mortuary in
The Daily Sun will publish funeral service information as it
Larry Hendricks can be reached at 556-2262 or email@example.com.
Remembering Joshua Pete
Friends and family remembered Josh Pete on the Daily Sun's Web
Among the comments were:
- Erica Begay-Salabye wrote: "Josh, you will be missed, you were
very talented, very smart and also a caring person. I am very
fortunate to have known you and grown up with you. You have touched
so many lives. My family sends our condolences to the Pete family.
We will continue to pray for you ..."
- Mike Jones wrote: "This is a tragedy for Josh's family and
friends. He was a good son, soldier and friend. Transitioning from
the military to college speaks volumes to his character and
desires. I just wish there were more young men like Josh. Never a
bad word even when I could tell he was down. He was a brother in
arms and we will never let him be forgotten."
- Paul Linsey Baker wrote: "Our prayers and best wishes go out
to our dear neighbors the Petes. Joshua and his family are
wonderful people and we are all heartbroken on this very very
- ChuckJessie wrote: "Josh ... there are SO many wonderful things
to say about Josh. He was a person that brought light to people,
and will continue to bring smiles to his family and friends. To his
family, we are here. Thank you for sharing him with us. Your son
has touch(ed) so many lives. Hold fast to that. We love you and
lift you up!"