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Joshua "Josh" A. Franchini

July 24, 1986 - April 28, 2018

Joshua Franchini, age 31, passed away on Saturday, April 28th from injuries sustained in an industrial accident.

Joshua was a gentle, loving, and loyal man devoted to his wife, family, and dog, Zoey. He was sarcastic and witty with a sense of humor that kept people smiling and brought joy to many people’s lives. He loved the outdoors, particularly working in his garden, camping, hiking, and fishing. He was a talented auto mechanic eagerly building his own business. He was a quiet individual but enjoyed being in community with his neighbors and hosting a yearly BBQ for family and friends. He will be remembered for his creative nature and attention to detail in his artwork, decorative designs for his home, garden, and wedding planning. He had a deep and admirable faith and was devoted to his work in the church and praying for his family and friends every day. He is dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Katie Beaubien-Franchini, his parents, Joe and Mary Franchini, his siblings, Leia, Sam, and KaLyn Franchini, his niece Lucy Franchini, and his dog, Zoey.

Closed casket viewing is available on Thursday, May 3rd from 3:30-5:00pm at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Home, Salem. All family and friends are invited to write Joshua messages of farewell on his casket.

For family and close friends, there will be a private burial at Willamette National Cemetery with full military honors on Friday, May 4th, at 9:00am.

We invite everyone to join us for a celebration of life in Joshua’s honor on Saturday, May 5th at 2:00pm at Grace Community Church at 4105 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97305. All family and friends are welcome to attend and share their memories of Joshua and his life.  
In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted via GoFundMe to alleviate funeral expenses. All excess funds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. The title of Joshua’s GoFundMe page is “May the Fourth Be With You, Joshua” or via the link:

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We are so unbelievably sorry about this tragedy.  Josh has been a good friend of Pat's since high school, so we have followed his life.  We were stunned when we heard the news.

I got to know Josh through his attendance at the RCIA program at Queen of Peace Parish.  Josh was an inquirer wanting to know about the practices and beliefs of the Catholic Church so he could better know his fiancé, who later become his wife.
I had Josh in a number of my discussion groups.  While he could be a reserved participant, what I noted is how he would open up much more when he spoke of his fiancé.  Then I particularly noted how Josh “beamed” when he came back to the RCIA class after having married.   Josh loved you Katie.  God loved Josh and now Josh is in the Lord’s presence.   During this difficult time, remember God loves you as He loves Josh. 

Rest In Peace Josh

I had the honor of having Josh as a student in my classes at Regis High School.  He was kind, respectful, intelligent, and had a witty sense of humor.  I remember fondly all the fun we had on the retreats and other school activities.  Our family sends our condolences and will pray for Josh and his family.

I remember Josh well from his track and cross country days at Regis.  His work ethic and good humor were much appreciated.  He is missed.

I served with Josh on the Stennis. He was exactly as described above. He was senior to me when I got there and was always willing to help you figure out something you didn't understand, while also making you feel dumb for not knowing it(in a funny way). He was never afraid to voice his opinion or say when he thought something could be done better, in the most respectful way he could muster Haha. He helped make life on the ship better and his presence was noticeably absent when he left. My condolences to the family he left behind. I recently lost my father and have been going to a support group called "grief share", I highly recommend it. I would have not been able to function in day-to-day life without it. I will remember him and Phil Thomas every time I pray.