1/16/2013 9:26:00 AM Memorial service set for YCSO lieutenant, son
Lisa Irish/The Daily Courier
Students and teachers at Prescott High School have put up a wall of remembrance for Joseph Arter, who died this past Friday in a car accident with his father, a Sheriff’s Office lieutenant.
Lisa Irish Special to the Review
A memorial service for Yavapai County Sheriff's Lt. Wayne Loughrige and his son Joey Arter will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Yavapai College's Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St.
Loughrige, 51, and his 17-year-old son were killed late Friday afternoon in an off-duty single-vehicle collision on southbound Highway 69 at milepost 277 in the Dewey- Humboldt area.
Department of Public Safety officials said a 2005 Dodge Durango, driven by Loughrige, drifted into the center median, over corrected, and lost control before colliding with an embankment along the right side of the roadway, said Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO spokesman.
Loughrige's current assignment as northern area command patrol commander was the result of a 2007 promotion. His office was located at the Williamson Valley sub-station in Prescott where he also resided.
"I am heartbroken to learn of the tragic deaths of an Arizona law enforcement veteran and his son," Gov. Jan Brewer said Saturday. "The deaths were not in the line of duty, but no less devastating for their family, friends and law enforcement colleagues across northern Arizona and beyond. No words of mine can ease this heartbreak. I can only express the appreciation of a grateful state for Lt. Loughrige's 21 years of devoted law enforcement service to this state, and ask that Arizonans join me in offering a prayer for him and his son. Both have been lost far too young."
Prescott High School students began writing Monday on a wall of remembrance for Joey, who was a senior at the school and on the wrestling team, Principal Totsy McCraley said.
"He was just an all around good kid, real smart, willing to take on anything," McCraley said. "Lots of kids looked up to him and respected him. The wrestling team had a lot of good stories about him."
"Joseph was a good friend to me," ... "You will be missed by all," and "You were so kind and so talented, you will be missed," were among the thoughts teachers and students wrote on the wall.
McCraley said the school held a flag raising ceremony Tuesday morning in remembrance of Joey and that his mother and sister attended.
"Joey was in Amanda Chartier's third-hour class and the students in that class had taken many photos of Joey wrestling that they used to create a collage that's on a tripod in front of the wall of remembrance," McCraley said.
At the end of the week, the school will present the wall of remembrance posters and collage to Joey's mother, McCraley said.