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Funeral Planned For Pfc. Suter


Update 2 p.m.

The family of Marine Pfc. Jake Suter, who was killed in Afghanistan last week, has announced plans for his funeral and a vehicle procession.

The Suter family speaking through Debi Duke, Co-President of Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons, a group which supports families of service members, has said that the funeral will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on McBean Parkway starting at 11 am this Saturday.

The public is invited to attend the funeral and the procession that will follow.

The procession will leave the church and head west on McBean, it will continue on McBean through Stevenson Ranch Parkway and make a left on Pico Canyon Road.

The procession will end at Jake Kuredjian Park on Pico Canyon Road, where there will be a 21 gun salute, playing of the National Anthem, and Taps.

The family will hold a private burial service out of state.

Duke stated that Michelle Unthank, Suters mother, said “as painful as this has been, the love I felt at the vigil has helped us immensely, and has helped us get through this impossible situation.”

In addition to family and friends attending the funeral and procession the Patriot Guard Riders and the American Legion Riders from Post 507 will also attend.

Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons presents a Gold Star banner to families within Santa Clarita who have lost a son or daughter while serving in the military. The Gold Star banner represents the honor and sacrifice made by the fallen hero.

The following obituary was provided by Jake’s family:

Pfc. Jake William Suter, USMC, was born on July 31, 1991 in American Fork, Utah.

He is survived by his mother, Michelle Suter Unthank and father, Chris Unthank. Jake was born a soldier and died a warrior. Being a fan of American history, he always had aspirations to serve his country.

He kept that dream in his sights throughout his years by actively participating in the community.

Jake was actively involved in many organizations including Cub and Boy Scouts, the Freshman and Junior Varsity football teams at West Ranch High School, drama and theater clubs, and assisted in the organization of a video game club.

At the beginning of his senior year of high school, he became a “poolie” by signing up for the delayed entry program for The Unites States Marine Corps.

Within weeks of graduating from West Ranch High School, Jake entered Boot Camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA at the age of 17. Upon earning his Globe and Anchor and title of Marine, he continued his training as an Infantry Assaultman at the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA.

He was then assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

There, he continued his training while waiting for his deployment to Afghanistan six months later.

After spending very little time in Afghanistan, Jake was shot and killed supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, paying the ultimate sacrifice.

Funeral Planned For Pfc. Suter

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