Joshua W. Smeltekop, 16, of Safford, died Jan. 14, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born July 26, 2002, in Safford, the son of Ryan and Roxanne (Hill) Smeltekop. He was currently enrolled at Safford High School, and was a member of the varsity football team, the varsity soccer team and Future Farmers of America; he was also a member of the International Barrel Horse Association.
Josh is survived by his parents, Ryan and Roxanne, of Safford; his twin brother Daniel and his sister Carley, both at home. He also leaves his maternal grandparents, Delbert and Joyce Hill, of Pima; and his paternal grandfather, Carl Smeltekop Jr., of Tucson. He is also survived by his maternal aunt, Susan (Billy) Patton and their children, of Safford; maternal uncle Michael (Pillar) Hill, of Globe; his paternal aunt Miki (Dave) Curtis and their children, of Holly, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Darla Smeltekop.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. at First Southern Baptist Church in Thatcher at 2934 W. 8th St.