Gordon Stockdale

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Former longtime Juneau resident Gordon James Stockdale died Dec. 9, 2007, in Seattle of metastatic cancer. He was 65.

Born in 1942 in Klamath Falls, Ore., he was a bus driver and Juneau resident for more than 30 years.

He left his home for the U.S. Navy in 1959 and excelled as a marine sonar technician and diver. He traveled the world, spending several years in Italy. He later re-enlisted in the army and served his country in Vietnam. After being discharged, he returned to school and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.

He moved to Alaska in the 1970s, settling in Juneau where he worked for the Legislature and Capital Transit. He lived for many years in the Star Hill neighborhood and was well known and liked in the community, his family said.

According to his family, he was an avid outdoorsman and loved hiking and fishing with his son. He was a jack of all trades and could fix anything, they said. His knowledge about all things mechanical was vast. He also was also a talented artist and enjoyed sculpting and carving, they said.

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2001 and received treatment in Seattle. The cancer returned in late 2007. His decline was a rapid one, and he was surrounded by those who loved him.

All who knew him were impressed by his wit and sense of humor, his family said. He had something to say on just about any topic and spoke his mind freely. His family said he was fiercely loyal to his friends and family. His son said he deeply loved and admired his father, whose wisdom and friendship he will miss.

He is survived by his son, Evan Stockdale. His ashes will be scattered at sea.

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