On December 1, 2014 the world lost a hero, a beloved son, husband, brother, uncle, and friend to all who crossed his path. Will â€œPyroâ€ 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, 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 Colorado State University 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, Korean 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 â€œthe worlds greatestâ€. Ashley and Will married just days before he was deployed to the middle-east. Their time together was much too short.