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John David Rockhill Iii

John David Rockhill III

, a truly independent and rugged American, passed away on April 18, 2021 and will be deeply missed by many family members and friends. Born in Safford, Arizona on May 27, 1952 to John D. Rockhill II and Marie Lucille Roper Rockhill, John was one of eight littermates. They are Shirley Donahue, Roxanne Rockhill, Charles Rockhill, Riley Rockhill, Tammy Hughes, Rochelle Rockhill (dec.) and Mabel Marie Rockhill (dec.). John enlisted in the US Air Force, serving four years and was honorably discharged in 1975. He spent more than 20 years in various branches of law enforcement. Since 1997, John worked as an archaeologist in the Greater Southwest, Egypt, and Sudan. His interests, abilities, and skills were boundless, yet his greatest pride has been his son, John D. Rockhill IV (Julie), grandsons RK (Kelsey) and Justin, and most recently, great-grandchildren Roone Roper and Rozzlynn Karoline. For the last 24 years, his life was spent with Korri Turner in Tempe, Arizona. They were happiest traveling, doing projects, learning new things, and photographing the beauty in nature. John showed amazing strength and endurance after a diagnosis of a rare leukemia in mid-2018. He will be cremated and taken to some of his favorite places in Arizona. All who knew John’s private and humble nature will understand his request that there be no memorial service and nothing more needs to be done. He wanted his obituary to be modest and end with this message: “Thank you for everything.”
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