Davis, Ronald-Folders

Davis, Don

Don Davis, 75, of Litchfield Park, passed away on November 14, 2012 after a four year fight with cancer. He was born September 6, 1937 in Caruthersville, MO.  At the age of six months old, his parents and siblings moved to Indio, CA where Don lived until he moved to Phoenix, AZ over 55 years ago.  He is preceded in death by his father Roy Lee; mother Lorene; and his two sisters, Alberta and Gail.

He came from a very musical family and at the age of 16 began to travel with the Jimmy Duncan Country band as a lead singer during the summer months.  Later as an adult he had several bands her in Phoenix, best known as “Don Davis and the Barb Wire Boys” and Don Davis and the “Skunkcreek Playboys”.  When you saw Don, he usually had his guitar with him or at least it was somewhere close by.

Don was employed with APS/Palo Verde Nuclear Plant for over 25 years as a Master Industrial Photographer.  He was manager of the photographic equipment and records as well as producing beautiful photos of the company.  Copies of his famous photos are still hanging at the plant.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty; daughter, Loretta Jo Johnson and husband Dave; son, Dereck M. Davis and wife, Dana; step-son Fred E. Davis and wife Lori; Gary A. Davis and wife, Vicki; eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

He will always be remembered as a wonderful, loving husband, a fantastic father and grandfather and a true friend to all who knew him.  His wonderful smile, sense of humor, talent and the goodness of his kind heart will be missed by everyone.  May he rest in peace.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, November 19, 2012 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ.  Condolences to the family can be sent to

Garza, Raymond Sanchez, Jr.

Raymond Sanchez Garza, Jr., 32, of El Mirage, passed away November 12, 2012.  He was born February 25, 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona to Raymond M. Garza and Esmeralda Maria Sanchez.  A visitation will be held from 9am-11am Monday, November 19th at Worship & Word Church, 8175 W. Grand Ave. in Peoria, Arizona with a service to begin at 11am.  Burial will follow at West Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern Ave. in Glendale, Arizona.  Condolences to the family can be sent to

Nessenthaler, Kathryn-obits

Nessenthaler, Kathryn

Kathryn “Kay” Elizabeth Anne Nessenthaler, 97, of Litchfield Park, passed away October 29, 2012.  She was born June 14, 1915 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to loving parents, William and Katherine Nessenthaler. 

Kay was a very astute savvy business woman, having owned her own hardware/plumbing store for many years.  She was a world traveler, a voracious reader, a tireless volunteer, a champion golfer, an avid sports fan, a very competitive domino’s and board game player and an angel pin collector.  She loved God, her family, her many, many friends and life.  She was much loved and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her three nieces, Mary Hensell (Harry), Ruth Schreiber (James), Nancy Nitti (William); thirteen great nieces and nephews, 28 great-great nieces and nephews, and ten great-great-great nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Mary H. (Nessenthaler) Frye.

A visitation will be held at 6pm Monday, November 5th; Rosary at 6:30pm, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, AZ.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to any of her favorite charities or Hospice of the Valley in her honor.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Seetin, Rita-obit

Seetin, Rita

Rita Mireya Seetin, 80, of Peoria, passed away October 4, 2012.  She was born May 22, 1932 in Veracruz, Mexico to Antonio Ortiz Perez and Teresa Garcia.  Rita moved to Arizona 9 years ago after retiring as an OB Nurse from Kaiser Permanente Hospital in California.  Rita was foster parent while in California and touched the lives of many children.  She was also a caring and giving woman who opened her home to all through the years.

In her final years, she enjoyed the love of her dog George, a good taco and visits from all her family.

Rita is survived by her five children, Dora, Yolanda, Tom, Frank and Shawn; ten grandchildren, April, Josh, Jeremiah, Kyle, Ashley, Elizabeth, Alexander, Jenna, Kai and Aurora; 15 great grandchildren, Nicholas, Megan, Andrea, Michael S., Brandon, Nathaniel, Michael G., Dylan, Jasmine, Landon, Jayson, Brody, Sylas, Ashley Monique, and Carson; one great-great grandchild, due in January. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eliot Seetin.

Visitation will be held from 10am to 12pm November 10th at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear with a memorial service at 10:30am.  Condolences to the family can be sent to


Ramirez, Adrian Ismael

Adrian Ismael Ramirez, 56 minutes old, of Litchfield Park, died October 23, 2012.  He was born October 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona to Brenda Castañeda and Abi Ismael Ramirez Medina of whom he is survived.

Funeral services will be held at 10am on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, Arizona.  Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, AZ.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

Sotelo, Oscar-Obit

Sotelo, Oscar Armando

Oscar Armando Sotelo, 51, of Glendale, passed away September 27, 2012.  He was born June 11, 1961 in Nogales, Arizona to Juan and Rachel Sotelo.  He is survived by his friend and partner, Bertha Wooten; daughters Regina, Jessica and Angela Sotelo; sisters Diana Khaksari (Sharom), Irma Seyedan, Clara Briviesca (Al), and Roxanne Sotelo; brothers Raymond, Jesus and John Sotelo.  A visitation will be held from 5pm to 9pm, Rosary at 6pm, on Friday, October 5th at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear. A scripture service will be held at 10am Saturday, October 6th at Thompson Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Condolences to the family can be sent to

Dinette, Frances Rose

Frances Rose Dinette, 87, of Goodyear, passed away quietly in her sleep at 11:30am Friday September 28, 2012 after fighting several years of Alzheimer’s disease.  She was born June 13, 1925 in Price City, Louisiana to Dancerau and Julia Bartholomew. The youngest of thirteen children, she is survived by one brother, Allen Bartholomew; her five children, Jackie Lopez, Bill Dinette, Carol Ryan, Wendy Dinette and Sharon Lindhe; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, William Sr., at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Warm Springs, California.  Condolences to the family can be sent to  Under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Hamilton, Irvin

Hamilton, Irvin Shafer

Irvin Shafer Hamilton, 83, of Avondale, passed away September 26, 2012.  He was born June 28, 1929 in Salisbury, North Carolina to Sidney and Thelma Hamilton.  He was a veteran of the US Air Force and US Navy.  Mr. Hamilton was a minister and member of Southern Baptist.  He is survived by his wife Betty L. Hamilton, daughters Patricia Schultz, Kathy Borquez, Billie Jo Orola, Cynthia Borquez and Donna Flowers; sons David Perez, Joshua Perez, Stanley and Leslie Hamilton; sisters Shirley Kedozria and Peggy Pilgram; and brother June Hamilton; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Thelma Guttery.  Funeral service will be at 10am Friday, October 5th at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear and will be laid to rest at National Memorial Cemetery of AZ at 1pm.  Condolences to the family can be sent to  Services are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Sandoval, Imelda

Sandoval, Imelda

Imelda Sandoval, 78, of Avondale, has gone to eternal rest with our lord in heaven on September 29, 2012.  Imelda was born April 12, 1934 in Laredo, Texas to Rosalio and Maria Julia Segovia.  She is a native of Texas but has lived in Avondale all of her life.  She leaves behind three daughters, Elizabeth, Segovia, Juanita Sandoval and Imelda Elizondo, all of Avondale; sons Rosalio “Leo” Sandoval of Avondale and John S. Jr. of Michigan; and 5 grandchildren.  Imelda will be greatly missed.  Visitation will be from 5pm to 8pm Thursday, October 4th at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.  A Graveside service will be held at 10am Friday, October 5th at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale.  Condolences to the family can be sent to  Services are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Muramoto, Justin

Muramoto, Justin

Justin Mojiro Muramoto, 34, of Goodyear, passed away September 23, 2012.  He was born August 15, 1978 in Murray, Utah. A great man. A loving father. A tender husband. A dutiful son. A dependable brother. A cheerful friend. We grieve his sudden and unexpected loss. His parents, Eric and Nancy Muramoto, raised him to work hard, be polite and to never give up. His wife Amie was his soulmate and best friend. They lived life sharing, laughing and exploring their world together. They enjoyed many passions such as poker, weekend trips, shopping, cooking (with a towel on his shoulder), hanging out with friends, and raising two beautiful daughters, Jessica and Aubrey. His daughters were the center of his universe. He loved them fiercely, taking great joy in teasing and making them laugh. His two sisters, Sherrie and Jodie, watched him grow from boy to man, learning his way through the world with a good head on his shoulders. His hunting and gathering partner, Marcello (aka SLICK), had many rugged adventures with Justin. Whether it was fishing in Alaska or taming the wild barbecue smoker, they provided friendship and comfort for each other. Justin was also a great friend, co-worker and acquaintance. His easy smile and friendly nature made it comfortable for strangers to sit and talk with him for hours, always willing to give advice for any problem they had. We will miss Justin and everything he gave us. Justin grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah in a suburb called Taylorsville, a neighborhood where everyone knew each other. He developed a talent and passion for baseball, and played through high school, coached by his dad. After high school he moved to Phoenix, Arizona to attend school at Arizona State University. During this time, he met his soulmate Amie McPherson, whom he married, and had two daughters. Justin worked at Sunrise Bank of Arizona. Funeral services will be on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 from 1-3pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, a family fund is available to accept donations at Sunrise Bank of Arizona, (602) 224-5800. Condolences to the family can be sent to