Alexander Edward Hazelton III

Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2010

Juneau resident Alexander Edward Hazelton III died March 19, 2010, at home due to prostate cancer. He was 76.

Born June 12, 1933, in Buffalo, N.Y., he earned his Doctorate of Education in education research from the University of Florida, masters degree in counseling and guidance from Central Michigan University and Bachelor of Science in mathematics and physical science from Michigan State University.

He served more than four years in the U.S. Air Force as a 1st lieutenant, finishing as a radar navigator. He first moved to Alaska in June 1955 while in the Air Force at Ladd Field in Fairbanks. He also lived in Sitka (1964-'68), Bethel (1969-'71 and 1975-'76) and moved to Juneau in 1976.

He was employed as a radar navigator by the Air Force, a counselor at Mount Edgecumbe and an employment assistance officer by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. He was also the principal at Kilbuck School in Bethel and a school in Selawick. He trained as a single engine commercial pilot and was a flight instructor and he taught soaring at Turf Soaring in Peoria, Ariz., for many years.

He retired from the state of Alaska teacher's retirement. He was a member of the Juneau Bridge Club and Juneau Airport Board and life master in duplicate bridge.

He enjoyed flying single engine airplanes and gliders, playing bridge, socializing with his children and grandchildren and studying the history and lives of U.S. presidents.

"He will be missed," said his wife.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Hazelton Sr.; mother, Elsie Hazelton; and niece, Michelle Orcutt.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Hazelton, of Juneau; sons, Hans (Lisa) Hazelton, of Anchorage, and Ivan (Gabrielle) Hazelton, of Juneau; daughter, Alexandra Sanchez, of Santee, Calif.; grandchildren, Sorcha Hazelton, Tyrnan Hazelton and Israel Angel Sanchez, all of Juneau, Alexander Lara and Christina Lara, of Santee, and Oriana, Amy, Edward and Alexander Hazelton IV, all of Anchorage; brothers, Donald (Loraine) Hazelton Jr., of Titusville, Pa., and Kenneth (Sherry) Hazelton, of Holden, Mass.; sister, Mary Ellen (Richard) Orcutt, of Akron, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held March 27 at the Valley Senior Center in Juneau. He was buried at Sunnyside Cemetery in Centerville, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Civil Air Patrol, P.O. Box 33503, Juneau, AK 99803.

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