Jovahnie Otei

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Jovahnie Shane Otei, age 37, died August 20, 2011 while at Grand Canyon West Hualapai, Arizona with his loving girlfriend Stacy Boyea at his side. Mass of Christian Burial for Jovahnie will be at 10 a.m. Monday, August 29, 2011 at Anchor Park United Methodist Church, 2300 Oak Drive, Anchorage, AK. A public viewing will be held 30 minutes prior to service. Jovahnie will be buried at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery at 12 p.m. with full military honors.

Yeoman Chief Petty Officer Jovahnie Shane Otei, son of Adelina S. Buckmaster, was born November 4, 1973 on the Island of Koror, Palau. He moved to Anchorage during the summer of 1983. He attended Lake Otis Elementary, Wendler Middle School, and graduated May 1992 from East High School in Anchorage. He enlisted in the United States Navy on March 23, 1993. He was presently serving on active duty with the United States Navy stationed at his current command Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Command in San Diego, CA, serving as the Command Flag Writer for Rear Admiral Scott Hebner.

During his 18 years of dedicated military service, his first duty station was onboard the USS Fife, followed by command with Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-147 stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA, then on to the Naval Air Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, where he met and married Angela Castro. He then transferred to the USS Abraham Lincoln out of Everett, WA. During that time, his daughter Gabriella Ariana Otei was born on January 12, 2002. Other duty stations included the USS Nimitz, Chief of Naval Operations in Washington DC, and Naval Personnel Command in Memphis, TN, which during that time he met Bernadette Marasigan. His beloved son, Jovahnie Shane Marasigan, Jr. (JJ) was born August 6, 2007 in Guam. He then transferred to Commander Carrier Strike Group 7 with the Ronald Reagan Strike Group onboard the USS Ronald Reagan until transferring to his present command.

He is survived by his daughter Gabriela Ariana Otei of Puerto Rico, son Jovahnie Shane Marasigan Jr. of Korea, his mother Adelina and step-father Russel Buckmaster of Anchorage, brother Quentin (Tiffany) Buckmaster of Anchorage, sister Susan Hogan of Palmer, step-brother Rusty Buckmaster of Anchorage and step-sister Kim Buckmaster of Chico, CA. He leaves behind his grandmother Leleng Otei, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends from Alaska, Palau and all over the world.

Jovahnie had a passion for sports and the outdoors, including fishing, camping, hiking and golfing. Some of his fondest memories included fishing and camping with his family during his younger years. He spent his last day traveling and seeing the amazing wonders of the world. For all those who knew Jovahnie, he will be dearly missed.


Published in Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2011
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