We at the Eagle View newspaper would like to honor the memory of a new staff member we lost to an unexpected death Sept. 2, 2014.
Joshua Dold began his first semester at NorthWest Arkansas Community College this fall and turned twenty-four years old Aug. 26, a Tuesday, the first day of our news lab class. He died Sept. 2 of a major heart attack. This loss took us all by surprise. One week, we were singing him "Happy Birthday," and a week later, we were saying a group prayer for him.
Within that short amount of time, Josh showed fervor and initiative. He was bringing story ideas to the editors from the moment he walked into the newsroom, ready to hit the ground running. He was interested in every aspect of the newspaper, from photography, reporting and writing, to selling advertisements.
Josh was the first person to show up for the journalism boot camp, arriving even before the editor-in-chief, and the next-to-last person to leave. He stayed for half an hour afterward to discuss the various ways he could contribute. He started making contacts for ad sales that very evening. He was the first person to turn in his article draft for the September issue.
"I want to help to you reach your goal," Josh said when he learned that one of the goals for September was to have enough content for twelve pages.
Josh was going to major in journalism, with a career goal to become a journalist. He said he had enjoyed watching the local news since he was five-years-old. He had potential as a reporter. He was dedicated, even dropping his guitar class so that he would have more time for journalism.
Josh impressed other staff members as someone who could make a difference, and he did. From Josh, we learned to live every moment of life to the fullest by doing something we love with the people we love. He brought a contagious excitement to the newsroom.
From speaking to some of those who knew him and looking at what has been posted on his Facebook page, it is clear that Josh made his family happy and proud.
Greg Dold, his older brother, wrote, "Joshua will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and his love of family and friends."
We at the Eagle View lost Josh just as we were getting to know and realize the bright presence and spirit that he exuded. He will be missed.
"You were an inspiration to stay positive and always put forth your best effort. The few days I got to spend with you were a blessing! I know you're smiling down from the Heavens above!"
Jordan White Sr.Staff Writer
"Too soon gone. He was so happy about being on the Eagle View staff and eager to contribute. May he rest in peace."
Denise Nemec Eagle View Faculty Advisor
"I knew the wonderful positive energy that he had was just what we needed. My favorite memory of Josh is when we all sang him Happy Birthday, and he said, 'that's the first birthday song I've gotten today.' You will always be remembered for the sweet spirit that you had. Thank you, Josh, for all that you've taught us."
Hayden Higgins Sr. Staff Writer
"I am so sorry to have to share this news and to have lost a member of our team who I had just barely gotten to know. But I am glad to have met Josh Dold."
Hillary Hollis Editor-In-Chief
"I was so impressed with Josh's enthusiasm and was extremely excited to work with him. It was obvious to me that he truly wanted to become a journalist from hearing all the story ideas that he wanted to write and the personal sacrifices that he was willing to make to see his dream become a reality. Josh had a joyful spirit, and I will truly miss him."