Former Juneau resident James Alan Hettwer died Jan. 19, 2008, at his home in Post Falls, Idaho. He was 48.
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He was born Aug. 5, 1959, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Ann and Anthony Hettwer. He followed his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot, learning to fly at Felts Field in Spokane, Wash. He married Judy Chapman on a mountain top in Banff, Alberta, Canada, in April of 1990. They moved to Fairbanks in 1991, where he became chief pilot at Arctic Circle Air. He worked as a Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector in Juneau beginning in 1997, and in Spokane, Wash., after returning to the Post Falls area in 2002. He was a member of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho.
"The most important aspects of his life were his abiding faith, his beautiful family and his passion for flying," his family said.
He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony Hettwer.
He is survived by his children, Matthew and Hannah Hettwer of Albany, Ore.; mother, Ann Hettwer of Post Falls, Idaho; sisters, Laura (Mark) Evans of Petaluma, Calif., Diane Hettwer of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Teresa (Douglas) Morrison of Ashland, Ore.; nieces, Casey Hettwer of Petaluma, Calif., and Alexa Hettwer of Honolulu, Hawaii; nephews, Jay Herringer of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Brian Herringer of Denver, Colo., Caylin (Stacey) Edwards of Benicia, Calif., Colin Morrison of Missoula, Mont., Eric Morrison of Juneau, and Ian Morrison of Kona, Hawaii.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Funeral arrangements were made by English Funeral Chapels Inc.
Thoughts and letters can be sent to the family at 1978 Clover Ridge Road, Albany, OR 97322.