Obituaries: March 15, 2017

Thomas Edmond Allen

Thomas Edmond Allen, 84, of west Phoenix died March 9, 2017.

Mr. Allen was born Jan. 13, 1933, in Ajo to Benjamin E. and Myrtle E. Allen.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956.

He was a member of Gideons International and a life member and golden eagle member of the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra L. Allen; two daughters, Genell Dawson and Lynn Snow; three sons, Thomas Jr., Harry and Hugh Allen; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. A viewing will be at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear. Burial will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Memorials can be made to Gideons International.

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Kevin Arias

Kevin Arias, 30, of Goodyear died March 4, 2017, in Buckeye.

Mr. Arias was born Nov. 5, 1986, in San Jose, Calif., to Guadalupe and Jesus Arias.

He moved to Arizona in 1999.

He worked as a machinery operator at Holsum Bakery.

He served in the U.S. Navy for four years.

He is survived by his wife, Karla; one daughter, Karla; two sons, Kristian and Kaleb; his parents, Guadalupe and Jesus Arias; one sister, Terry Clark; and one brother, Oscar.

Services were Monday at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Buckeye, with interment at the Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery in Buckeye.

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Brian Dale Askeland

Brian Dale Askeland, 60, of Goodyear died March 10, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mr. Askeland was born Aug. 10, 1956, to Oscar and Darlene Askeland.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Askeland; one daughter, Carrie Gabriel; two sons, Trevor Askeland and Andrew Askeland; his parents, Oscar and Darlene Askeland; one brother, Calvin Askeland; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of the Valley.

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George Stuart ‘Stu’ Alexander Bain

George Stuart “Stu” Alexander Bain, 84, of Goodyear died Feb. 28, 2017, in Sun City.

Mr. Bain was born March 3, 1932, in Birmingham, England, to George Manson Bain and Margaret Rose Bain.

He is survived by four daughters, Sandi Bain of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Karen Barnett of Goodyear, Valerie Gersonde of San Diego and Janice Buonassisi of San Diego; one son, Scot Bain of Vernon, British Columbia; one sister, Jean Scheline of Fresno, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.

A celebration of life was March 11 at Santisi Brothers Pizzeria and Sports Grill in Phoenix.


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Hazel Dorothy Barnes

Hazel Dorothy Barnes, 78, of Goodyear died March 7, 2017.

Ms. Barnes was born Aug. 28, 1938, to William and Edna Fitzpatrick in Liverpool, England.

She was preceded in death by one son, Greg Barnes.

She is survived by one daughter, Lois Castro; two sons, Steve and Kevin Barnes; one sister, Linda Cain of Australia; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

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Mekhi Damari Belford

Mekhi Damari Belford, a newborn, of Avondale died Feb. 21, 2017, at Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix.

Mekhi was born Feb. 21, 2017, at Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix to Muszuba Belford and Nariah Davis.

He is survived by his parents, Muszuba Belford and Nariah Davis; four brothers, Marquise Davis, Daniel Smith Jr., D’Marion Belford and Demetrius Belford; and three grandparents, Melina Belford, Lakesha Davis and Steven Perkins.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home, 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale.

The Rev. Eddie Robinson will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Melina Belford, 313 E. Madden Drive, Avondale, AZ 85323 or at


Ila Mae Odom Gosa Blair

Ila Mae Odom Gosa Blair, 94, of Litchfield Park died March 2, 2017, at home.

Mrs. Blair was born Jan. 17, 1923, in Townley, Ala.

She worked at T.I.L. Sportswear in Aberdeen, Miss., where she became active with the union. She later worked as a union organizer for the AFL-CIO.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, James William Gosa of Aberdeen, Miss., and Edward Anderson Blair of Nashville, Tenn.

She is survived by one daughter, Janice Marie Gosa Toland; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.


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Maria Fernandez

Maria Fernandez, 91, of Avondale died March 4, 2017.

Ms. Fernandez was born Sept. 10, 1925, in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, to Ignacio Amaro and Victoria Gamez.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Augustine C. Fernandez.

She is survived by three children, Gloria Sanchez, Augustine Fernandez and Ruben Fernandez; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Williams Catholic Church, 11001 W. Third St., Avondale, with interment to follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale.

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Sylvia Folks

Sylvia Folks, 45, of Avondale died March 2, 2017, at her home from cancer.

Ms. Folks was born May 18, 1971, in Phoenix to L.T. and Mary Folks.

She worked for the city of Avondale for 28 years.

She is survived by her mother, Mary Lue Folks; two sisters, LaShella Folks and Nicole Folks; and four brothers, Mickey Johnson, L.T. Folks Jr., Cleveland Folks and Terrell Folks.

A memorial service was held March 10.

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Michael O’Neal Mann

Michael O’Neal Mann, 66, of Buckeye died March 6, 2017.

Mr. Mann was born July 10, 1950, in Carlsbad, N.M., to Gardner and Melvean Howe-Mann.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969 to 1975, achieving the rank of corporal E-4. He was awarded the Rifle Expert Badge, National Defense Medal, Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Mast and Good Conduct Medal.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from New Mexico State University.

He was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for Superior and Quality Work in support of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.

He was a member of the Masons of Arizona.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Lee Mann; one daughter, Jodie Dawn Miller; five sons, Britt Liles, Michael S. Bostwick, Howard Mann, Mickey Mann and James O. Mann; one brother, Rick Mann; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Darryl Constance Mann; and one son, Stephen Mann.

A visitation will be at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday at White Tanks Southern Baptist Church, 1420 N. 192nd Ave., Buckeye. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. March 20 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.

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Ladislado Ramos Martinez

Ladislado Ramos Martinez, 67, of Avondale died Feb. 26, 2017, in Glendale.

Mr. Martinez was born Sept. 26, 1949, in McNary Texas.

He moved to Arizona in 1972.

He is survived by five brothers, Luis Jr., Lorenzo, Albert and Fermin Martinez; and two sisters, Marisela Porras and Terry Dominguez.

A viewing was March 6 at New Beginnings Church in Phoenix, with interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Avondale.

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Jeffrey James Thimgan

Jeffrey James Thimgan, 21, of Goodyear died March 7, 2017, in Tucson.

Mr. Thimgan was born Dec. 7, 1995, to Russ and Nelly Thimgan in La Junta, Colo.

He was an Eagle Scout with Troop 99.

He graduated from Millennium High School in Goodyear in 2014. He was vice president of the FFA chapter and a member of the group’s national parliamentary procedures team. He was a member of the debate, swimming and cross-country teams, the band and Health Occupation Students of America.

He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he studied agricultural economics, theater and creative writing and appeared in theater productions and served as student body parliamentarian.

He is survived by his parents, Russ and Nelly Thimgan; two brothers, Paul and Andres Thimgan; one sister, Leah Thimgan; and two grandparents, Garth and Barbara Thimgan.

Services were March 11 at the Church at Litchfield Park in Litchfield Park, with graveside services and interment Monday at Rocky Ford Cemetery in Rocky Ford, Colo.

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John S. Martin

John S. Martin of Goodyear, AZ died Tuesday March 7, 2017 at Serenity House in Phoenix, AZ. He was 85 years old. 

Born on July 8, 1931 in Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late Patricia and Edward Martin.

John served in the United States Army from January 8, 1952 to December 17, 1953. As a veteran in the Korean War, John was awarded the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, a United Nations Service Medal, and a National Defense Service Medal.

John was an electrician by trade. He worked with his father building Wonder Buildings in his younger years, then owned his own trucking company, J.C. Trucking.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carmella (Delfino) Martin, his son, John Edward Martin, and his grandson, Steven Mitchell 

He is survived by four children, Kathleen (Dennis) Kinley of Goodyear, AZ, Pamela (Fiancè, Sam Rinchiuso) Martin-Mitchell of Elkhorn, WI, Edward John (Kelly) Martin of Valparaiso, IN, Anthony Frank Martin of Elmhurst, IL, and daughter-in-law Mary Kaye Martin of Des Plains, IL; eleven grandchildren, Rebecca (Steven) LaNasa of Singapore, Brittney Kinley of Phoenix, AZ, Jodi (Matthew) Scoville of Mt. Prospect, IL, Nikki Martin of Chicago, IL, Valerie (Brian) Recob of Elkhorn, WI, Amanda (Adam) Farrell of Elkhorn, WI, Lauren (Tom) Holland of Chicago, IL, Brian (Joanna) Martin of Mt. Prospect, IL, Jordan Yurko of Valparaiso, IL, and Mark Urban of Edina, MN; seven great grandchildren, Charles, Joseph, Jett, Asher, Bailey Grace, Liam, and Delilah; and four siblings, Sam (La Rue) Martin of Florence, AL, Oliver (Patricia) Martin of San Diego, CA, Edward (Sue) Martin of Chicago, IL, and Carole (Jim) Anderson of Huntley, IL.

The funeral services with military honors will be held on March 17, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 13720 W Thomas Rd, Avondale AZ 85392.


Harriett Faith Odom

Born Harriett Faith Brawner on November 4, 1926 to Frances Odel McKee Brawner and William Goebel Brawner, Harriett grew up in what was then considered “rural” Phoenix at 27th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Rd. She attended Murphy School and Phoenix Union High School with her sisters Frances Catherine and Elizabeth “Betty”. After high school Harriett moved to California with her sister Frances and brother-in-law George, and worked at North Island Naval Air Station, followed by Alameda Naval Station. She returned to Phoenix to work at Luke Air Force Base and met the love of her life, Jesse “Jess” Odom.

Harriett and Jess married December 23, 1949 and moved to Silver Bell, AZ until the birth of their son Gary in 1957. They then moved to the Buckeye Valley where they entered into the drilling business which became a very large part of their lives. Harriett and Jess retired from the drilling business in 1989 and purchased a second home in Pinetop where they would spend their summers when not traveling in their motor home with friends.

Harriett was very active in the P.E.O. Sisterhood early on and was honored to have served in P.E.O. Chapter “A”, which was founded by her grandmother in the home where Harriett was born and would later live with Jess. 

Harriett passed peacefully at home on March 9, 2017, comforted in the love of her nieces and nephews, along with the team of caregivers that loved her like family. She was preceded by her husband Jess, son Gary and her two sisters Frances and Betty. Harriett loved her family, her friends, and especially Jess to whom she was so devoted for 67 years.

Services will be held on Friday, March 17 with the viewing at 9:00am and memorial service at 10:00am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 25800 W Southern Ave, followed by internment at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to Hospice of the Valley.


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