Obituaries - May 24, 2017

Carma Leta Lorenz Becker

Carma Leta Lorenz Becker, 83, of west Phoenix died May 14, 2017.

Mrs. Becker as born Feb. 27, 1934.

She grew up in Watonga, Okla., and in her teens her family moved to Colorado and later to Kansas.

She attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasaw, Okla., and graduated from Emporia State Teacher's College of Kansas, where she met her husband, Robert Becker.

She taught conversational English at the Chinese Naval Academy while her husband was stationed with the U.S. Navy in Kaoshiung, Taiwan.

She moved to Arizona in 1971 and helped her husband establish B&B Accounting and Tax Service in Tolleson.

In the 1980s, she operated her own business, delivering processed photos until the advent of digital photography.

She served as a precinct committeewoman and was an active member of the National Federation of Republican Women.

She was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert Becker; and one daughter, Catherine Moore.

A private graveside service will be held at the Lorenz Cemetery in Blaine County, Oklahoma.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 11510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 95014.


Samuel ‘Adam’ Cambron

Samuel “Adam” Cambron, 31, of Buckeye died May 14, 2017, in Buckeye.

Mr. Cambron was born Oct. 1, 1985, in Phoenix to Samuel and LeeSa Cambron.

He attended Liberty Elementary School and graduated from Buckeye Union High School in 2004, lettering for three years in football and two years in track. He was a member of the Tonopah 4-H Swine for five years and the Buckeye FFA for four years.

While attending Glendale Community College in 2006, he was on the pole vaulting team.

He completed certifications as an EMT, student helicopter pilot, industrial radiography and bartending/mixology. He completed aviation courses with Utah Valley University, where he was invited to join Phi Beta Kappa.

He established JC’s AC and Remodeling in 2015 and worked as a maintenance manager for Austin Centers for Exceptional Students.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, LeeSa Cambron and Jim Risor; his father and stepmother, Paul and Terry Cambron; one sister, Brooklyn Hagerman; and three grandparents, Clarine Gill and Ray and Patty Melvin.

Funeral services were May 20 at Grace Fellowship Academy in Buckeye.

Condolences may be left at


Joann Lois Forstner

Joann Lois Forstner, 83, of Litchfield Park died May 9, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mrs. Forstner was born Feb. 12, 1934, in Minneapolis to Clifford and Lillian Quist.

She was vice president of L&J Construction. She was the Luke Air Force Base preschool director.

She served as president of the Officer’s Wives Club at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. She volunteered as a leader for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and was president of the PTA at Litchfield Elementary School. She was a member of the Casillons and a PEO chaplain. She was a member of the Church at Litchfield Park, serving as a deacon, choir member and kitchen coordinator.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Philip Redpath and Lou Forstner; one son, Bob Redpath; and one grandson.

She is survived by one daughter, Trudie Jones; five sons, Rick Redpath, Paul Redpath, Glenn Forstner, Ron Forstner and Bob Forstner; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. June 3 at the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

Memorials may be made to Rett Syndrome at, the Alzheimer’s Association at or the America Diabetes Association at

Condolences may be left at


Bernard ‘Jerry’ Goodby

Bernard “Jerry” Goodby, 85, of Avondale died May 16, 2017, in Goodyear.

Mr. Goodby was born Jan. 5, 1932, in Oakland, Calif., to Bernard and Bernice Goodby.

He moved to Arizona in 1964.

He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1952.

He worked as a certified public accountant.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Goodby; three sons, Brian Goodby of Colorado and Brian McDaniel and David McDaniel, both of Arizona; two daughters, Donna Casey and Heather McDaniel, both of Arizona; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was May 20 at Crossroads Baptist Church in Buckeye, with interment at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

Condolences may be left at


Zachary Preston Hawk

Zachary Preston Hawk, 36, of Laveen and formerly of Goodyear died May 7, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Hawk was born Dec. 5, 1980, in Phoenix to Tom and Patsy Hawk.

He is survived by his parents, Tom and Patsy Hawk.

A celebration of life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1002 E. Eason Ave., Buckeye, followed by a luncheon.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at

Condolences may be left at


Clarence A. ‘Skip’ Hicks III

Clarence A. “Skip” Hicks III, 55, of Avondale died May 6, 2017.

Mr. Hicks was born Aug. 16. 1961, in Dearborn, Mich., to Clarence and Dorothy Hicks.

He grew up in Gross Ile, Mich., and graduated from Gabriel Richard High School in 1979 and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1981 to 1994.

He was a former commander of the American Legion Post 61 in Avondale.

He was preceded in death by one son, Ryan.

He is survived by his wife, Vicki Hicks; three daughters, Khalea, Niki and Jennifer; three sisters, Melanie, Mary Jo and Cheryl; and one grandchild.

A ceremony of remembrance will be at noon June 3 at American Legion Post 61, 35 N. Dysart Road, Avondale.

Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 61, 31 N. Dysart Road, Avondale, AZ 85323.


Clara Mae (Larry) King

Clara Mae (Larry) King, 97, of Litchfield Park died May 20, 2017, at La Loma Care Center in Litchfield Park.

Mrs. King was born March 6, 1920, in West Branch, Iowa, to James Emanuel and Clara Rose Larson.

She attended Grinnell College in Iowa and graduated from Kean University in New Jersey.

She married James Otis King on May 16, 1942.

She taught elementary school in Denville, N.J., from 1959 to 1982.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Otis King; and one granddaughter.

She is survived by one daughter, Sally White of Litchfield Park; one son, Brian King of Jarrettsville, Md.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Litchfield Park. Interment will be at West Branch, Iowa.

Memorials may be made to the Hoover Presidential Foundation, P.O. Box 696, West Branch, Iowa 52358.

Condolences may be left at


Linda R. Montoya

Linda R. Montoya, 64, of Avondale died May 20, 2017, in Avondale.

Ms. Montoya was born Dec. 7, 1952, in San Angelo, Texas.

She is survived by four daughters, Leticia Vauge, Jessica Montoya, Samantha Parra and Veronica Hernandez; three sons, Jose Luis Montoya, Richard Montoya and Ty Vague; two sisters, Victoria Gutierrez and Maria Saldana; two brothers, Fidel Rodriguez and Rosendo Rodriguez; 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Avenidas Funeral Chapel, 522 E. Western Ave., Avondale.

Condolences may be left at


Dwyane Shipp

Dwyane Shipp, 82, of Tonopah died April 25, 2017.

He was born in Texas to David and Ovella Shipp and moved to Arizona at a young age.

He worked as a truck driver and met his wife, Joyce, in Massachusetts, where she was born.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Shipp.

He is survived by two daughters, Rhoda Heath and Becky Klaasen; two sons, Danny Shipp and Andy Shipp; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.




Jack P. Smith

Jack P. Smith, 87, passed away of natural causes on April 24, 2017.

Jack was born in Akron, Ohio November 7, 1929 and grew up outside of Akron in the farming community of Tallmadge, Ohio.

He had 2 brothers, Clyde and Don and is survived by his sisters, Mary and Joann.

Jack is also predeceased by his wife Donna J. Smith.

He is also survived by his 2 children, Mark Smith of Avondale and Susan Tosh of Glendale; 7 Grand Children and 8 Great Grand Children.

Services will be held at 1st Christian Church, 14001 N Thunderbird Blvd, Sun City, AZ at 9:00 AM Saturday, June 3rd,2017 and a military honorarium will be held Monday, June 5th, 9:00 AM at the National Cemetery 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, AZ.


Karma Martineau Forney

Karma Martineau Forney, age 71 of Buckeye, AZ died May 4th 2017.

Born February 20, 1946 Legend tells that when Karma came into this world the Doctor attempted to slap her bottom, but with a stern look from the newborn decided he better not.
One of eleven children, Karma grew up riding horses, shooting guns and chasing cattle in the old Mexico frontier.
After taming all of Mexico, Karma decided to move to the U.S. were she could start helping take care of children.

In addition to raising five of her own kids, she watched over dozens of other children throughout the years.
Nana Karma died on May 4th, 2017 during an unfortunate dragon riding accident. She had no last words, but she did have a smile and a twinkle in her eye.

She is survived by her daughter Miricle, sons Donald Jr., Scott (Allison), Christopher (Deanne) and Alen; six grand kids Jacob, Miracle, Clayton, Jess, Violet and Aidan and an untold number of wayward Buckeye youth who found there way into her home.

Because she loved gardening, the family is requesting that instead of sending flowers, you plant some flowers of your own and take a moment to enjoy them. Then, share that enjoyment with a neighbor.

A celebration of life will be held on June 4th at 3 P.M. at the Buckeye Elks Lodge, there will most definitely be good food and Mariachi music.”

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