Joshua Herman John Goodlataw (1994 - 2016)

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Joshua Herman John Goodlataw was born in Anchorage, Alaska, to Jennifer Goodlataw Phillips and Ralph Phillips on July 2, 1994. Joshua tragically went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 6, 2016, when he was killed by a hit-and-run vehicle. Joshua was a beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend. He was one of our shining stars; a polite, friendly, respectful, hard working young man who loved his parents and family. So many hearts are broken with the loss of our loved one. Joshua was passionate about his education, but when his grandfather fell ill Joshua chose to spend his grandfather's last month by his side. He then graduated with a GED and immediately joined the Laborers' Local 341 to pursue his career. Joshua worked for Ahtna Construction, Houston, BEK Inc. and the Native Village of Tazlina. He was currently employed by Granite Construction and was 90% complete with his Apprenticeship for the Laborers' Local 341, an accomplishment in which he and his entire family were so very proud of at his young age. Joshua graduated from the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) where he excelled at wellness, leadership and diversity training. These skills came naturally to him and served him well as he pursued his career with Laborers' Local 341. He loved to play the guitar and was blessed to have been taught by his uncle, Victor Phillips, at the age of 9. In his loving manner, he started teaching his own young sister, Irene, at the age of 4. Joshua was also blessed to have a loving and caring grandfather who taught him how to build traditional fish wheels. Acquiring these skills early in life readied him for the career path he so passionately pursued. He learned how to respect and appreciate his elders, mentors and coworkers at a young age from these traditional teachings. There will be Visitations and Funeral Services throughout Alaska. The Anchorage visitation will be held at Maranatha Baptist Church, 7747 East 6th Ave. on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. The Tazlina visitiaon will be held at Tazlina Community Hall, Mile 111, Richardson Highway on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. Funeral services will take place in Glennallen, Alaska, at Glennallen Chapel, Mile 188.5, Glennallen Highway on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at 1 p.m. Burial will follow immediately after the Funeral at the Goodlataw Family Plot in Tazlina, Alaska. Joshua is survived by his beloved mother, Jennifer Goodlataw Phillips; father, Ralph Phillips; brothers, Jacob Phillips and Brian Studie; and sisters, Jenneva and Irene Phillips; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, the late Johnny and Irene Goodlataw; and his paternal grandparents, the late Herman Chilligan and Eva Phillips. As we are suffering the loss of our beloved Joshua, we plead with the community and anyone involved in or having knowledge of this crime to come forward. The Anchorage Police Department (APD), family and friends are looking for the driver of the dark colored pickup truck believed to be responsible. Please provide any information you may have or suspect to the APD to aid in our search for the driver who struck Joshua and left the scene of the crime. Information can be provided anonymously by calling the APD at 786-8900, or Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP. We need your help. The family is working with Crime Stoppers to set up a reward fund in the hopes and prayers that this might aid in solving this horrible crime. If anyone is interested in donating towards the reward, please call Jennifer Phillips at 907-744-8115 with your name and contact information. We will return your call when the process has been finalized with Crime Stoppers.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Aug. 10, 2016