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Obituaries: May 17, 2017

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Joseph Isaac Byron

Joseph Isaac Byron, 81, of Avondale died May 6, 2017, in Litchfield Park.

Mr. Brown was born March 22, 1936, in Manhattan, N.Y., to Louis and Sophie Byron.

He graduated from the George Washington University School of Pharmacy in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the Phi Alpha Fraternity.

He worked as a pharmacist and became the owner of a pharmacy.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Byron; and one son, Jonathan Byron.

A graveside service was held May 11 at the Phoenix Memorial Park Cemetery.

Condolences may be left at


Doris Jean Jones

Doris Jean Jones, 90, of Buckeye died May 10, 2017.

She was born Dec. 3, 1926, in El Dorado, Ark., to Victor and Modeena Tarver.

She worked as an engineer at a bank in New Mexico for 27 years.

She was a member of the Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Avondale and volunteered for the senior citizens and homeless communities.

She was preceded in death by one grandson.

She is survived by two daughters, Dorothy Mellon and Sara Louise Ikener; two sons, Curtis Jones and Gary D. Jones; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be at 9:30, followed by a celebration of life at 10 a.m. today at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, with interment at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale.


Louise Pennington

Louise Pennington, 75, of Glendale and formerly of Litchfield Park died May 4, 2017.

Mrs. Pennington was born Jan. 30, 1942, in Denver to William McLellan and Louise Fey.

She received awards for six years of volunteer work for the USO and also volunteered for the Air Force Sergeants Association, the Disabled American Veterans, the Air Force Wives Club, the chapels at Luke and Cannon Air Force bases and other groups associated with her husband’s Air Force career. She also volunteered at Adobe Mountain and Black Canyon Juvenile Detention Center and schools that her children attended.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, William Pennington; two sons, Thomas Pennington and Edward Pennington; one daughter, Linda Barry; one brother, William McLellan; two sisters, Eileen Ward and Karlyne Tedesco; and four grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at Luke Air Force Base Community Chapel, 13968 W. Shooting Star St., Building 799, Glendale, followed by interment at 2 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.

Condolences may be left at


Daisy V. Ramon

Daisy V. Ramon, 87, of Buckeye died May 8, 2017, at her home.

Mrs. Ramon was born Feb. 11, 1930, to Richard and Lupe Villa.

She was employed as a cafeteria worker at Buckeye Elementary School for 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Ramon; and one son, Daniel Ramon.

She is survived by two sons, Abraham Ramon and Joey Ramon; one daughter, Cathy Ramon; three brothers; four sisters; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, 24750 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye.


Byron Lee Stalons

Byron Lee Stalons Jr., 59, of Buckeye died May 6, 2017.

Mr. Stalons was born Oct. 3, 1957, in Washington, Mo., to Byron Lee Stalons Sr. and Viola Sofia Stalons.

He is survived by his sister, Carol Westedt-Dalley; and two brothers, Dennis Stalons and Kevin Stalons.

Condolences may be left at


Venancio A. Urquiza

Venancio A. Urquiza, 91, of Tolleson died May 10, 2017, in Avondale.

Mr. Urquiza was born May 18, 1925, in Durango, Mexico, to Audecio and Natividad Urquiza.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Urquiza; and one son, George Urquiza.

He is survived by four sons, Mark, Frank, Benny and Ricky Urquiza; two daughters, Diana Camacho and Gina Urquiza-Waters; one sister, Dolores Miranda; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., with a rosary recital at 7 p.m. today at Advantage Crystal Rose Funeral Home, 9155 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 512 N. 93rd Ave., Tolleson, followed by interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Road, Avondale.

Condolences may be left at


Alberto Arlando Uriz

Alberto Arlando Uriz, 34, of Kingman and formerly of Buckeye died May 7, 2017.

Mr. Uriz was born Dec. 18, 1982, in Phoenix to Alberto and Peggy Uriz.

He attended school in Buckeye and played T-ball and soccer and was a member of the high school wrestling and football teams.

He is survived by his wife, Sherri; six stepchildren, Kym, Junior, Michael, Miguel and Manuel; his mother, Peggy Uriz; one brother, Stephen; a grandmother and stepgrandfather, Pat and Dave Valentine; and four stepgrandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. May 23 at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye.

Memorials may be made to the Western Arizona Humane Society, 950 Buchanan, Kingman, AZ 86401.


William Paul Young

William Paul Young Jr., 47, of Goodyear died May 9, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Young was born in Chicago to Carmen Nadine DuRea and William Piffer Sr.

He grew up in Hermosa Beach, Calif., and graduated from high school in Chicago.

He lived in the Phoenix area for more than 25 years and in Goodyear since 2005.

He worked as an air conditioning and heating technician.

He is survived by his parents, Carmen Nadine DuRea and William Piffer Sr.; three sisters, Bridget Mork of Goodyear, Paula Heffelfinger of Goodyear and Linda Ford of Atlanta., Ill.; and his girlfriend, Joell.


Paid Obituaries


Jack R. Chafin

Jack R. Chafin “Papa Jack” of Buckeye, formerly of Grants, NM went home to the Lord on March 28th of natural causes. He was 91. A memorial service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on May 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

He was born September 11, 1925, in Hatfield, West Virginia to Betty and Jim Chafin.

He served in the Navy during World War II and the Marines during the Korean War. He worked as a pipefitter for Bechtel. He owned Papa Jack’s restaurant in Black Hat, NM, Tse Bonito Mortuary, in Tse Bonito, NM and Mt. Taylor Mortuary, in Grants, NM.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Chafin of Buckeye, AZ.; one daughter, Rhonda Chafin of Shelby, OH, three stepdaughters, Theresa Schlemmer of Apache Junction, AZ, Debra Grout and Patty Prather both of Goodyear, AZ.; six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Richard Chafin and a daughter, Pam Ginter, one step-son Michael Prather and one grandson, Frank Grout.

Arrangements made by Buckeye Funeral Home.


Stacy Diane Johnson

Stacy Diane Johnson, 38, of Goodyear Arizona went to be with the Lord on May 7th 2017. Stacy was born in Phoenix, Arizona on May 20th 1978.

Stacy graduated from Glendale High School in 1996. After playing volleyball at Glendale Community College, she finished her teaching degree at the University of Arizona. Stacy taught elementary school for 10 years in Surprise, Arizona before she began teaching internationally in China. After 6 years in China, Stacy returned to Arizona in the summer of 2016 and began teaching at Basis School in Goodyear.

Stacy had a way with children, she loved teaching and she loved volleyball. Stacy could get through to anyone, a laugh that could truly put a smile on anyone’s face and a heart as big as gold. Her daughter Jacelynn was her heart and soul and they truly were two peas in a pod. Stacy loved life and lived it to the fullest. She had a passion for adventure and was always fearless.

Stacy is survived by her daughter, Jacelynn Lowe (6); her parents, Keith (Debbie) Johnson, Piper (Bruce) Jenkins; brothers, Mike (Kim) Johnson, Joel Johnson; her nieces and nephew, Rylee, Calli, and Zander; step brothers, Todd, Jesse and Leo; and step sisters, Stacie (Aaron), and Ashley; and step nieces, Hailey, Alli, and Sydnee.

The world has lost a wonderful soul, a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend. Her reach was beyond imaginable and we are thankful for all the lives she has touched, the kind words received, and the difference she made in so many people’s lives. Stacy was an amazing person who knew what unconditional love was, she lived by it and she shared it. Stacy will be cherished forever in our hearts.

Services will be at 5pm on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Lighthouse Fellowship, 3015 N 195th Ave, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. A reception will follow. Condolences for the family may be left at

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