Joshua Huber was 34 years of age when he passed on February 5, 2013. Since January of 2012 Josh was in a long battle with stage four Esophageal Cancer before leaving us in the very house he grew up in.
Josh was born in Bountiful, Utah on August 15, 1978 and was 1 year old when him and his family moved to Shasta County. Josh spent his childhood in the Redding area making memories that will live on through his family and friends and the stories he told.
After spending his life in Shasta County, Josh yearned for something more and entered the United States Marine Corps in March of 1997 at the age of 18. He was stationed at Camp Pendelton, CA. While in the Marine Corps, Josh met his beloved wife, Rebecca Huber on December 13, 1997 on a Friday. Josh received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps after four years of service on March 10, 2001.
Josh and Rebecca moved back to Shasta County with their three children in January of 2002 before getting married on August 3, 2002. The marriage took place at Water Wheel Park in Manton, CA.
Josh and Rebecca both attended Shasta College; Josh pursued an AA degree in welding and received his degree in 2006. Josh used his degree to begin his career at Sierra Pacific in Shasta Lake. He worked there for seven years, always making sure his family was well taken care of.
Only when he was diagnosed did Josh stop working, but never once did he stop fighting and never once did he give up his self dignity. Not even when Josh was faced with death did he give up his motto, "Live Well, Love Much, and Laugh Often."
Josh is survived by his wife, Rebecca Huber who currently resides in Redding, CA with their three children, Jacob Duncan and Jeremiah and Sierra Huber; his parents, Gordon and Marjay Huber, who currently enjoy the Oregon cold in Bandon and Josh's siblings: Gabe Wilson, Pete Gray, Sean Reid, Angel Wilson, Amanda Carter, Regi Huber, Dyllan Huber, and G.P. Huber who all share Josh's memories.
Joshua's funeral will be conducted by Allen & Dahl on February 15, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the Igo Veteran's Cemetery. A Marine Corps presence will be available to guard their Marine Corps brother and insure Josh's safe arrival to his next destination.
In the words of Marine Corps Recruiter of Redding, CA, SSgt. Chris Drevalas, "Tuesday morning, the North State lost a fine Marine. Though he was a great warrior, he lost the greatest battle of his life to cancer. God bless Josh Huber and his family, they are truly the beneficiaries of his impact and influence. If appropriate, I would like to slightly alter our beloved Marines hymn slightly in his honor by saying "If the Army and the Navy ever looked on heavens seas, they will find the streets are guarded by another fine United States Marine." Semper Fidelis Josh Huber, farewell and following seas Marine."
Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Feb. 9, 2013