Guy Alan Van Doren


Posted: Friday, March 31, 2006

Former Juneau resident, Guy Alan Van Doren, 67, died March 23, 2006, at home in Gulfport, Fla.

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He was born on May 19, 1938, in Los Angeles. He moved to San Francisco, where he graduated from George Washington High School in 1955. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, majoring in history and political science, with a minor in theater arts.

He lived for significant periods in California, in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Cruz; in Alaska, in Fairbanks and Juneau-Douglas; and in Florida, in Miami and Gulfport. In these places he practiced his many vocations and avocations, as a professional and volunteer fireman, licensed commercial pilot, Alaska Senate legislative aide and chief of staff of committees, research analyst for county-level government, and as a private business owner, wildfire crew boss, sailor, bar owner (Red Dog Saloon), actor, director, softball pitcher, canoeist, bicyclist and dart ace.

He was a member of or volunteer for the Elks, Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, chamber of commerce, March of Dimes, United Way, Fairbanks Historical Preservation Foundation, Alaska Council on the Arts, Juneau-Douglas Little Theater, Fairbanks Drama Association, Alaska Repertory Theater and Gulfport Players.

His friends said he was "big, blustery, generous, cheerful, loving, gentle, faithful and, most of all, a wonderful friend who will be greatly missed."

He is survived by his stepmother, Suella Van Doren; brothers, Wes and Ed Van Doren; sons, Dale Van Doren of Palmer, Kirk Van Doren of Homer; daughter, Candice Lake of Fairbanks; former wife and lifetime friend, Barbara Todd of New Zealand; and many friends

A wake celebrating his life will be held at 6 p.m. on April 21 at the International "Big I" Bar in Fairbanks.

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