Gone But Not Forgotten

Honoring fallen comrades is an important part of the AOG mission and we ask to be notified as soon as possible of the death of any graduate, Air Training Officer or cadet so that we can take appropriate actions. The AOG has learned of the following deaths within the past 90 days.

For best results, try searching by Last Name (e.g. Smith), Class Year (e.g. 1959), or Cadet Squadron (e.g. CS-01). More complex searches may not return desired results.

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Mr. R Paquin - Class of 1968, CS-30

Deceased on February 8, 2024 - Informed on March 5, 2024

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Service information: A memorial will be planned for a later date. Memorial donation: In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Wounded Warriors Foundation, https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate or to an organization that provides service dogs to service members and veterans.

Col (Ret) Leonard Jarman - Class of 1973, CS-04

Deceased on February 3, 2024 - Informed on March 5, 2024

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Funeral service: at 1230 hours on 26 Feb 2024 at Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX 78232. Graveside service: 1420 hours on 26 Feb 2024 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX 78209. Interment follows graveside service. Memorial donations: Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741, https://donate.cancer.org/. Obituary: https://www.porterloring.com/obituaries/Colonel-Leonard-Len-Jarman-USAF-Ret?obId=30671336

Col (Ret) Rodney Gibson - Class of 1974, CS-26

Deceased on February 1, 2024 - Informed on March 4, 2024

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Services: at 1400 on 15 Feb 2024 at the Cross City Christian Church, 2777 E. Nees Ave., Fresno, CA. A reception will immediately follow at Fort Washington Golf & Country Club,10272 N. Millbrook Ave., Fresno, CA 93730. Memorial donations: In lieu of flowers donations may be made to https://www.casafresnomadera.org/. Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/fresnobee/name/rodney-gibson-obituary?id=54346962

Mr. Bernard Cooney - Class of 1964, CS-22

Deceased on February 24, 2024 - Informed on February 28, 2024

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Visitation: 1400 to 1600 hours 3 Mar 2024 at Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, P.A., 12540 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029. Funeral Mass: 1100 hours 24 Mar 2024 at St. Peters Catholic Church, 2900 Olney Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, MD 20832. Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery, 11401 Brink Rd., Germantown, MD 20876. Memorial donation: In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Saint Peter's Catholic Church, 2900 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, Maryland 20832, or the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service, Inc., 333 E. 115th St., New York, New York 10029. Obituary: https://www.donaldsonclarksville.com/obituary/Bernard-Cooney

Lt Col (Ret) Lyle Speace , Jr. - Class of 1969, CS-16

Deceased on February 7, 2024 - Informed on February 27, 2024

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Service: Services have not been planned at this time. Memorial donations: In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 888-557-7177, lls.org or to LLS Donor Services, P.O. Box 22324, New York, NY 10087. Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/legacyremembers/lyle-speace-obituary?id=54320537

Col (Ret) Clayton Wittman - Class of 1983, CS-39

Deceased on February 4, 2024 - Informed on February 26, 2024

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Visitation: 1300 hours on 23 March 2024 at Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Memorial service: 1430 hours on 23 March 2024 at Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Memorial donations: Florida State University (Matthew T. Wittman Memorial Scholarship Fund) 325 W. College Ave., Tallahassee, FL 32301-9969, Kent County Veterans Treatment Court (Leave No Veteran Behind) P.O. Box 3500, Grand Rapids, MI 49501, or Kids' Food Basket, 1300 Plymouth Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 Obituary: https://www.zaagman.com/obituaries/Clayton-Wittman?obId=30754850

Col (Ret) Joseph Bavaria - Class of 1964, CS-14

Deceased on January 25, 2024 - Informed on February 26, 2024

Please contact the Assocation of Graduates for condolence information. Obituary: https://www.wecarelv.com/obituary/Joseph-Bavaria No furthter information is available at this time.

Mr. Raymond Russ - Class of 1974, CS-26

Deceased on February 7, 2024 - Informed on February 22, 2024

Please contact the Assocation of Graduates for condolence information. Mr. Russ' wishes were not to have a funeral. The family will celebrate the life he lived and his birthday on 11 May 2024. Memorial donation: The family has suggested in lieu of flowers donations be made to Best Friends Animal Society, https://support.bestfriends.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=new_memorial_gift&utm_source=vanity&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=bfas+org+legacy. Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/raymond-russ-obituary?id=54369449

Mr. Parker Wright - Class of 1976, CS-05

Deceased on November 27, 2023 - Informed on February 20, 2024

Please contact the Assocation of Graduates for condolence information. Memorial Service: 1400 hours on 29 Dec 2023 at Mowell Funeral Home, 200 Robinson Rd, Peachtree City, GA 30269. Memorial donations: In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the Tunnel To Towers Foundation, https://dogood.t2t.org/give/320847/?_gl=1*amyqi7*_ga*MTc3NzI1MjkxMS4xNzA4NDY2NzA0*_ga_KKJBEGGEYM*MTcwODQ2NjcwMy4xLjAuMTcwODQ2NjcwMy42MC4wLjA.#!/donation/checkout, or to Samaritan's Purse https://www.samaritanspurse.org/. Obituary: https://www.mowells.com/obituaries/Parker-Smith-Wright?obId=30152760

Mr. Bruce Willard - Class of 1979, CS-38

Deceased on December 24, 2023 - Informed on February 14, 2024

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A Celebration of Life will be held in May 2024. No further details are available at this time. Obituary: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/greeley-co/bruce-willard-11598377

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Next of Kin

For Next of Kin support resources please visit: https://www.usafanextofkin.org/

Frequently Asked Questions

Gone But Not Forgotten Annual Publication

The Air Force Academy Association and Foundation are introducing a new benefit to better memorialize USAFA graduates and support their families. We are launching a new annual memorial publication in 2025.

A: As the Academy graduate population ages, Checkpoints is increasingly insufficient in accommodating the increasing number of obituaries. This has necessitated the creation of a new publication as part of our commitment to remembering all fallen graduates, Air Training Officers and cadets.
A: The purpose of the publication is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the Long Blue Line through the personal stories of our graduates. The publication is in the spirit of our mission to support the Academy, serve graduates and preserve the heritage of the institution.
A: Gone But Not Forgotten will be part of the final name, which is not yet finalized.
A: No, but the Association will list basic information on deaths in each issue of Checkpoints.
A: No. If/when memorial articles are sent to the AOG, the tribute is posted to this webpage.
A: A complimentary copy will be mailed to a loved one of the deceased. It is not yet determined if the printed publication will be available at a nominal cost or at no cost to AOG members.
A: There will be a one-year transition period. Memorial articles sent in to run in Checkpoints in 2024 will also appear in the inaugural memorial publication. The deadline for Gone But Not Forgotten submissions in the December 2024 issue of Checkpoints is mid-October, but any memorial articles about deaths for the remainder of 2024 received by mid-January 2025 will appear in the inaugural 2025 stand-alone publication. Then going forward, the full years’ worth of tributes would be published in the next year’s volume.
A: The first memorial publication will likely be printed in February or March of 2025.
A: We currently have a 400-word maximum for each memorial tribute and will continue with that limit for the first stand-alone publication. We’re doing this because we have already received submissions at that length and don’t plan to ask for longer versions for the 2025 edition.
A: We will transition to roughly 450- or 900-word options for memorial tributes. Whoever writes and submits the memorial article with have the option to write to either word limit.
A: A recent favorite photo of the deceased, when possible. The photo (head and shoulders, color preferred) should be emailed as a .jpg and sent as a high-resolution image.
A: Please email Next-of-Kin Support Specialist Terri Davis at deceasednotifications@usafa.org.
A: Please reach out to David Bitton, assistant director of strategic communications and publications, at 719-247-8745 or use our Contact Form.

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