Captain William “Pyro” DuBois
On December 1, 2014, the world lost a hero, a beloved son, husband, brother, uncle, and friend to all who crossed his path. Will “Pyro” DuBois was born on August 14, 1984, and lived a life of adventure, travel, sports, love, and immense friendship in his short 30 years. He is survived by his beautiful wife, Ashley; his father and mother, Ham and Donna; his sister, Devon; his young nephew, Karsen; and his adorable lab puppy, Delta.
His youth was spent in constant motion: harassing his sister, and participating in sports of all kinds from basketball, soccer, baseball, and swimming to eventing horses competing in the North American Young Riders Championship. While attending Rifle High School, Will was involved in choir, soccer, track, school plays, and the National Honor Society, and was elected Senior class president.
The Air Force awarded Will a full ride ROTC scholarship in Aerospace Engineering, which allowed him to graduate with honors at University of Colorado in Boulder including the Distinguished Graduate award from the 105th ROTC detachment unit.
Although Will was dedicated to academics, leadership, and becoming the best Air Force officer, he found time to join the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Upon graduation he learned that he was accepted into an elite pilot training program, ENJEPT (Euro Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training) at Sheppard Air Force base and proceeded on to F16 training at Luke AFB.
His first assignment in 2011 was Kunsan, Korea, where he proudly flew for the 35th fighter squadron, known as the Pantons, and earned the call sign, Pyro. It was there that he met the love of his life, Ashley Jones. Just last year, he returned to the states with his bride to be, and was based at Shaw AFB in the 77th fighter squadron, the Gamblers, also known as “the world’s greatest.” Ashley and Will married just days before he was deployed to the middle-east. Their time together was much too short. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you donate to: “Pyro’s Wings” Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
This will be a perpetual scholarship fund, and donations can be made in person at any Alpine Bank Branch by calling the bank, or mailing a check made out to:
Alpine Bank New Castle, 810 Castle Valley Blvd., New Castle, CO 81647 (970-384-4354) or by visiting this website:
The memorial service celebrating the life of this remarkable man will take place at the Rifle High School on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 11:35:77 a.m. We are expecting a large turnout, so arrive early as the service will start on time.
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