JUNEAU - Superior Court Judge Jonathan H. "Jon" Link, 59, died March 25 at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna, after a short illness.
A former sergeant with the U.S. Army posted at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, he was appointed to the Superior Court bench in Kenai by Gov. Steve Cowper in 1990, a position he held until his death.
In 1972, after obtaining his law degree from Hastings School of Law in San Francisco, he was employed by an Anchorage law firm for two years before returning to Fairbanks as a partner in Johnson, Christensen, Shamberg & Link.
Link was elected to the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association in 1978. In Fairbanks, he was elected as secretary, vice president and then president of the Tanana Valley Bar Association.
In 1991, Link was appointed administrative judge for the Kenai Peninsula, overseeing the operation of courthouses in Kenai, Seward and Homer until his death. In 1995, his peers elected him to membership on the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct, a position, which he held until 1999.
Judge Link is survived by his wife of nearly 19 years, Mildred, and his 16-year-old daughter Lydia. A memorial service will be held at the Alaska State Courthouse in Kenai on April 5 at 1 p.m.