Pucetas, John Darwin
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John Darwin Pucetas, 59, beloved husband of Pamela (Mannino) Pucetas of Fountain Hills, Arizona, and son of Mary Lou Pucetas of Newport, Pennsylvania, died suddenly Saturday, June 15, 2013. Born April 12, 1954 in Newport, Pennsylvania, John was the son of John and Mary Lou (Morrow) Pucetas. John's family and friends will always remember him with love and laughter for his wicked sense of humor, kind heart, zest for life and passion for sports - especially his alma mater, the Ohio State Buckeyes. John's love for the outdoors grew from early childhood when he and his dad would go hunting and camping together in the Pennsylvania woods. Later, John came to love his adopted state of Arizona, especially delighting in summer getaways to the high country of Payson, Sedona, Prescott and the Grand Canyon. John was President of SiteTek Financial Arts, a value engineering consulting firm for specialized properties. His work involved planning economic strategies for complex construction, renovation and historic preservation projects in places such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Mammoth Caves, Crater Lake, Maricopa County Flood Control District and the Navajo reservation. John attended Ohio State University where he earned a B.S. in Architecture. He was a a Life Certified Value Specialist (CVS) and a LEED-AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional). As a Registered Architect with specialties in value engineering and environmentally friendly design strategies, John worked in facility economics, project management and architectural design in both the public and private sectors. He was employed with firms in Philadelphia, Reading and Allentown, Pa., and later Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona, before starting his own company in 2002. He was an adjunct professor at Arizona State University and a member of the board of trustees of the former Ecosa Institute at Prescott College. Survivors include his brother, Randy Pucetas of Spartanburg, S.C., and many loving nieces and nephews. A celebration of John's life will be held at Messinger Fountain Hills Mortuary, 12065 Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, Saturday, June 22, at 2PM. The family wishes to thank the many compassionate bystanders who gave aid and comfort to John and his wife on June 15. In John's honor and in lieu of flowers, the family hopes you will perform an act of kindness for a stranger and ask them to pay it forward.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 18, 2013