In a press release from the United States Department of Defense, it was announced that a 2011 Linn County R-1 graduate had been killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. Private Jonathon Michael Dean Hostetter, along with another Private from California, were both named as casualties in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Hostetter, 20 of Humphreys, died on August 23 in Haft Asiab, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He was assigned to the Second Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
Hostetter graduated at the top of his class and was a standout basketball player in his time at Linn County R-1. He earned multiple honors as an All-Conference and All-District player. Hostetter was also a multi-time member of the Linn County Leader Dream Team.
His father, Michael, is an administrator with the Milan School District; while his mother, Lisa, is a teacher at Linn County R-1.