Joshua Steven Hockin, 37, of North Pole, died unexpectedly Sept. 20, 2012, in Fairbanks.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Sacred Heart Cathedral 2501 Airport Way, Fairbanks, with Father John Hinsvark celebrating. A reception will follow at the church.
Joshua was born in Fairbanks on Oct. 24, 1974, to Steve and Kay Hockin. In 1992, Joshua was a graduate of Anderson High School and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1999 with a degree in elementary education.
Joshua was a hard-working young man who paid his way through college by working each summer in Denali National Park. He did his student teaching in Cantwell, where he was the basketball coach. He also was the high school basketball coach for Anderson and taught at Anderson Elementary School. Joshua went on to work for the state of Alaska as a heavy equipment operator and was recently working at Fort Knox Gold Mine as a shovel operator for the past three years.
His family states: "He loved his family with all his heart. Josh lived a full life to be abruptly ended at 37. Some people live to be 100 and do not have as full of a life as Josh had lived. He loved his family, life and played hard. The friendship he showed to others was overwhelming and immeasurable. His smile and laugh will be sorely missed." Joshua enjoyed spending time with his family camping, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Megan Hockin, of North Pole, whom he married Aug. 14, 2004; son Salix Fournier of Anderson; daughters, Emily Hockin and Alyson Hockin of North Pole; mother, Kay Hockin of Anderson; father, Steve Hockin of Anderson; brother, Jason Hockin of Anderson; mother-in-law, Pamela Fetzer of North Pole; father-in-law, Keith Fetzer of Fairbanks; and numerous loving family and friends that are countless.
Joshua was preceded in death by his grandparents, Violet and Robert Hockin and Rosalie and Allen Collins, and Richard L. Fetzer.
A memorial fund has been set up at Alaska USA and donations can be made at any branch to account No. 1713074.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Sept. 25, 2012