Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2000

Jack F. Koby

Longtime Juneau and Pelican resident Jack Koby died April 11, 2000, at home in Juneau. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Juneau Elks Club, and a reception will follow.

Koby was born July 3, 1934, to Inez and Jack Vincent Koby in Juneau. His father was an Alaska pioneer miner and commercial fisherman.

He attended grade school in Pelican and high school in Sitka, and spent summers commercial fishing with his father. He served four years in the Navy in the Korean War.

He worked for the Alaska Marine Highway and retired from the State Print Shop. He worked throughout his life as a commercial fisherman, first as a long-liner then as a hand troller.

His family wrote he was a kind and generous man, an avid reader and a student of history. He maintained an extensive collection of Alaska photographs, books and stories, which he took pleasure in sharing with family and friends. He was a member of BPOE and Pioneers of Alaska Igloo No. 6.

He is survived by his children Mike W. (and Dawn) Koby of Anchorage, Jolene Koby of Juneau, Jack V. Koby (and Tracey) of Texas, grandsons Sean and Brandon Koby and step-grandchildren Ken, Kathy and Kristin Machado of Anchorage and Curtis Gainer of Texas. He is also survived by his sisters Mary Dapello of California and Betty Baker-Simms of Washington, and nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Frary, Tony and Bob McCormick, Sam Peckovich, Rob Landi, John Wolcott, Bruce Gleason, K.K. Kearny and Bill Mork.

A private interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers at the memorial, the family requests donations be sent to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 3200 Hospital Dr., Juneau, 99801.

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