Joshua David Priestley, age 27, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, passed away unexpectedly at Providence Medical Center following his admission to the hospital for an infection. Joshua was the grandson of Chester C. Priestley and Darlene B. (Jeske) Priestley of Portland, OR and Billy L. Webb and Georgie L. (Meyer) Webb of Independence, MO.
Joshua is survived by his father, Mitchell B. Priestley, mother Deborah J. Priestley; brothers Justin M. Priestley (26) and Jacob Michael J. Priestley (23); and cousins Benjamin I. Priestley and Isaac N. Priestley of Portland, Dr. A. Jordan Priestley of Roseville, CA, and Derek C. Black of Las Vegas, NV. His many cousins from the Kansas City, MO vicinity include Bradley Goodpaster, Nikki Clutter, Lexi Phipps, Ashley, Kelley, Michael, Stephanie, and Derek Rambo, and Kylee and McKenzie Webb.
Josh was a graduate of West Hills Christian School and Lakeridge High School (2011), where he was honored at graduation as the recipient of the Merit Award for Mandarin language studies. Joshua also graduated from the Oregon Moo Duk Kwan school of martial arts, Aquatic Sports SCUBA school, and Youth with a Mission Discipleship Training School in Perth, Australia (2012). Josh grew up attending SouthLake Church and later attended Hall Blvd. Baptist Church, Westside Vineyard Church, and Westside: A Jesus Church, formerly Solid Rock. Joshua David was born in Portland, Oregon to parents Mitchell B. Priestley and Deborah J. Priestley. As a child, Josh was invariably cheerful and social, often relating magnetically to other people of all ages, young and old alike.
Following training as a missionary, Joshua organized his own six-month missionary journey to India and Nepal in 2013. Josh served there with numerous pastors including Weyman Howard, Shangreiphaomui Aphao, and Venkatesh Kannan, known as Pastor Paul, who, with his wife Anu, runs an orphanage, which Joshua helped to construct during his time in Bangalore, India. Josh's first mission was as a teenager serving with Royal Servants in China. Josh later traveled with his church to Thailand and Cambodia for missionary outreaches there. As a result of his many travels, Joshua had friends and influence throughout the world. For example, during his three months at training school in Australia, Josh was housed and trained with others from all over the world, resulting in many close friendships that endured the ensuing time and distance.
Josh worked as a landscaper, assisting an arborist, where he climbed trees, cut limbs, and handled a chainsaw.
In his short life, Joshua moved quickly and accomplished much. Josh touched many lives. He left his mark in this world and for that we will forever be grateful and proud of our son. He will be missed beyond comprehension. Even in death, he is still impacting lives.
Joshua's remains were cremated and buried at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery alongside his great grandmother Marie Jeske.
Donations are requested to benefit the orphanage Josh helped build in Bangalore, India. Donations checks can be made to the orphanage director Venkatesh Kannan and deposited at the Kruse Way branch of Chase Bank.