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Patrick "P.K." Kent Farrell, 54, died Feb. 21, 2003, in Boise, Idaho, after a long illness resulting from complications of hepatitis C and liver and kidney failure.
He was born in Evanston, Ill., on Aug. 15, 1948, to Harry and Mary Lord Farrell. He completed his high school education while enlisted in the Marines, where he was an armorer while serving in Vietnam. He achieved the rank of sergeant and following his honorable discharge, joined his family in Eugene, Ore. He moved to Juneau in 1975. He broke horses, had a variety of jobs in the fishing industry, worked at Eaglecrest, was a driller's helper at the Alaska-Juneau gold mine, was a meat-cutter, and carpenter.
Farrell's family says he "lived life large." From his wide variety of jobs to his favorite pastimes, he added color and humor to the lives of others. They said he loved being outdoors, telling stories, shopping at Western Auto, a good game of crib, playing league pool, and staying in touch with his family and friends. He was a member of the Auke Bay Post of the American Legion. He was also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and served two terms as commander of Post 5559. He was a proud American who felt strongly about his commitment to his country, his family said.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harry.
He is survived by two sons, Ian of Glen Burnie, Md., and Sean (Emily) of Spokane, Wash.; two grandchildren, Jordan of Glen Burnie, Md., and Felicity of Spokane, Wash.; his mother, Mary of Normal Ill.; brothers and sisters, Sue (Rich) Stroyan, Bloominton Ill.; Tom (Carolyn) of Juneau; Betsi of Sausalito, Calif.; and Tim of Boise, Idaho. He also is survived by his longtime companion, Gayle Wood of Juneau, four nieces and nephews, an aunt, and three cousins.
His remains will be spread over a favorite area this summer. Meantime, he will be remembered at a party at Louie's on March 22 from 4-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that contributions in his memory be made to the Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Hwy., Juneau, AK 99801; or Bartlett Hospital Foundation, 3260 Hospital Dr., Juneau AK 99801. Contacts with the family can be made through Tom Farrell, 6024 Pine St., Juneau, AK 99801.