Muramoto, Justin Mojiro
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 www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 28, 2012