Gary Allen Perkins

Posted: Friday, January 29, 2010

Former Juneau resident Gary Allen Perkins died Jan. 24, 2010. He was 54.

He was born Oct. 17, 1955, in Sitka, to Raymond and Rosalie Perkins and graduated from Sitka High School in 1974.

Early in his adult life, he participated in the construction of the pipeline as an apprentice electrician and worked to help construct the Valdez Port Terminal in 1976.

After his pipeline days, he settled in to Juneau where he worked construction projects for various electrical firms, working for Grasle Electric the longest. He was a 34-year member of the IBEW Local 1547.

It was in Juneau that he met the love of his life, Kim Chappell, and they married on Aug. 4, 1979. They had two children, Kale and Tatiana, and raised their kids in Juneau until making the decision to move to Sitka in March 1992.

He becamse a staff engineer electrician at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, where he worked until his passing.

"If there was one thing about Gary that he is remembered for by family and friends is his passion for everything he did beyond his love of family," his family said. "He was a good man with a big smile, a loud laugh and a big heart, so much that he would leave others smiling inside their heart from being with him."

His love of baseball, softball and basketball took him into competitive playing and coaching over the years. He would bring teams to the American Legion Basketball tournament and the "Mud Ball" softball tournament, and he played for many basketball teams and competed in numerous Gold Medal Tournaments.

In Sitka, he continued to be involved in the adult recreational sports of basketball and softball. He became a prominent part of the Sitka ANB's run at the Gold Medal Tournament, his biggest passion. He also stepped in to help his dad run the American Legion Basketball tournament for a period of time.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Raymond and Rosalie Perkins.

He is survived by his wife of 30-plus years, Kim; son, Kale; daughter, Tatiana; granddaughter, Kaleena; two sisters, Norma and Ramona; one brother, Keith; and "adopted" brother, Billy Brown, and his daughter, Jessica; and many aunts and uncles, in-laws nephews and nieces.

Family members said his extended family also includes his close friends from growing up in Sitka and living in Juneau, his friends in the sports world, and the many kids he coached in sports or housed at his home. His door to his life was always open to everyone, his family said.

Pallbearers will be his close friends in life and sports community, his friends in the SEARHC Maintenance Shop and his immediate family.

Honorary pallbearers will be his extended family as noted above and those he had a special relationship with.

His wife invites all friends to help celebrate his life at the services, which will begin at noon Monday, Feb. 1, at the Presbyterian Church, followed by a graveside service. There will be a reception at the Centennial Building after the services.

A Gary Perkins Memorial Fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank in Sitka. Cards may be sent to his family at 1511 Edgecumbe Drive in Sitka.

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