Plans to rename the Pacific Post Office for a favorite son recently took one more step in the approval process.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (MO-03) legislation to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service in Pacific as the “Specialist Jeffrey L. White Jr. Post Office.”

This legislation, H.R. 452, now heads to the House floor for consideration.

“Spc. White dedicated his life to protecting our great nation,” Luetkemeyer said. “It is my great honor to work to dedicate the Pacific Post Office in memory of Spc. White.

“I am pleased this legislation has completed its first hurdle by passing out of committee and I hope it comes before the House of Representatives for final approval soon,” he said.

The entire Missouri delegation in the House of Representatives has co-sponsored Luetkemeyer’s bill.

White grew up in Catawissa and graduated from Pacific High School in 2008.

In October 2009, he joined the U.S. Army and graduated from basic training, advanced training and the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, Ga.

White was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Ark., where he deployed in December 2011 for Afghanistan.

White passed away April 3, 2012, from injuries sustained by an improvised explosive device that detonated near his unit in the Khost province of Afghanistan.

White’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Basic Parachutist Badge; Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge; and the Overseas Service Bar.