Daniel Franklin Malick

Posted: Sunday, February 21, 2010

Juneau resident Daniel Franklin Malick died Jan. 20, 2010, due to complications during a hip resurfacing surgery in Islamabad, Pakistan. He was 60.

A resident of Alaska since 1976, he sailed a yellow trimaran sailboat of his own design up the inside Passage and later built a timber-frame house at North Tee Harbor in Juneau and called it home, regardless of where he was in the world.

Born in 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Helen Maude Malick and Franklin Sherrick Malick, he was a precocious child. Working a newspaper route at age 5, he then became the youngest Eagle Scout in Pennsylvania, attended Andover Prep School, Amherst College and Wharton Business School and was always up for an adventure.

The Infrastructure Management projects he oversaw spanned the world, from the Juneau Department of Transportation, to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with the U.S. DOT, Moscow Russia as the U.S. Federal Highway Program Representative to the Russian Federal Highway Department, China, Azerbaijan, Mongolia and Pakistan, just to name a few.

Through his travels, he immersed himself in the culture of his host countries, aiding in the implementation of international transportation projects with sensitivity and respect to the needs of the areas he served.

Over the years, he also lived and worked in Anchorage with the Nana Corp. and various other businesses.

He was a master storyteller with a sense of humor, possessed of charisma and a strong sense of morality, making him an excellent negotiator and creating loyal friends wherever he traveled, his family said. At heart, he was a deeply happy man with an unwavering optimism toward life.

It is impossible to list all of his hobbies and interests as they span a great range, his family added. He was accomplished at water color painting, sailing, gardening, was an avid reader of scientific and historical literature, collected cultural crafts from around the world and loved to build on his Tee Harbor property.

"One of Daniel's favorite sayings was 'Aim higher than you think you can,'" his family said. "He was a 'Renaissance Man' in a 'Specialist' age, and his energy and ambitions could have filled 10 lifetimes. He is missed."

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Kristine Maja Trott; three grown children, Willow Maja Malick, Honalee Heather Elkan and Cedar Franklin Malick; mother; two sisters, Sue Dawson and Jenny Herre; brother, John Malick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

As per his wishes, no funeral will be held. There will be a memorial gathering in the spring for friends and family held at his residence to celebrate his life. For more information, contact Kristine Trott at 907-789-2803 or krisstrott@gmail.com.

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