Amber Joy Patton
June 24, 1986 - Sep. 20 2020
Amber Joy Patton 34 of Chandler, Az. was a victim of a random violent robbery and murder on
9-20-2020 under very tragic circumstances. It took her death to end a crime spree that affected many families in Maricopa county and could have very well affected families in Pinal County as upon murdering Amber they traveled in her car they stole and rolled it near Florence, Az. Amber was a hero in life, in death, and now she's Heaven's hero. Amber was born on 6-24-86
in San Joseph Michigan and spent her early years in Stanley, Wisconsin prior to moving to Casa Grande Arizona, for elementary
school. Amber loved soccer and played on many teams from a young child thru high school. Amber was a 2004 honors graduate of Casa Grande Union School and attended Central Arizona College on a scholarship before enlisting in the Army like her mother before her. After 9-11 Amber told her mom "I'm going to serve my country", her mom responded "Amber are you crazy?" and Amber replied, "mom don't tell me not to join because you did." Her mom's response was "But Amber the world is not like it was when I served. Her mind was set and off to the Army, she went. She enlisted on 1-9-2008 and remained in continuous honorable active service until 11-22-2010, including a year in Iraq in a designated imminent danger zone. Her military awards include Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Sharpshooter with Rifle. Upon her death, she was awarded a certificate from the president of the United States honoring her memory of her by a grateful nation in recognition of devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States
While Amber defined herself by her proud service to her country, to her family and friends she was so much more. She was beautiful, intelligent, feisty, and outspoken but do anything for anyone and always lit up the room with her smile and sense of humor, even while struggling with PTSD she carried with her after her time serving in Iraq. She loved her family deeply, wanted to adopt every animal she saw, and play with every child she came across. She had a fascination with wolves and was a true die-hard Green Bay Packer fan. One of her best memories was of her grandmother Mary Suchla talking her to the carnival at
Independence Days when she was a little girl. She had a loving, beautiful heart that wanted to help others.
Amber wanted nothing more than to find her lost older brother who was sadly placed for adoption in 1980. To honor Amber's wish, members of Facebook are invited to join the search efforts here: https:www,facebook.com/groups/26497830195060
Amber is survived by her parents Marilyn Suchla and Randjit Sood, sister Tara Jo Patton (Matthew Goslee). Tara was 11 years younger than Amber and despite their age difference they were always 2 peas in a pod and now Tara is extremely distraught
with having to face going on in her life without her big sister. Upon her sister's tragic death Tara had to take a break from pursuing her goal to became a nurse and will resume her studies when her wounds from losing her beloved sister aren't quite
so raw and painful. Tara was the light of Amber's life. Amber is also survived by her grandmother Chris Patton, numerous step-
siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and of special mention Liz Bell and John Poor who were long time parental figures to
Amber and she deeply adored them. She very sadly leaves her cat Tigger and dog, Jack. Amber was preceded in death by maternal grandparents: Raymond and Mary Suchla, paternal grandfather Bill Patton, uncles Gary, Jody, and Clay, and aunt Rose.
Amber's middle name was Joy and a joy she was to so very many. She is a gift the world lost that can never be replaced. Memorial services later due to current COVID-19 restrictions.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations for funding her memorial and expenses to help economically challenged family members travel to attend her memorial. A Go Fund Me page has been set up: httpd://www.gofundme.com/f/a-