Jonathan Wynn Scribner

Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2005

Jonathan (Jon) Wynn Scribner, 63, died May 12, 2005, in an accidental fall while returning from a successful climb of Mount Stroller White near Juneau.

He was born March 1, 1942, in San Francisco, Calif., and was raised in Weed, Calif. He earned a civil engineering degree from the University of California-Davis and a master's degree from Stanford University.

He married Kathryn (Kit) Duggan of Carmel, Calif., on June 10, 1967. After service in the U.S. Army, the couple moved in 1969 to Alaska, and he worked for the Alaska Department of Health and Welfare in Fairbanks. In 1971, they moved to Juneau, where he served as director of air and water quality for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. He was a senior official in the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities serving as assistant deputy commissioner for design and construction and as director of the department's Southeast Alaska Region. He retired from state service in 1997 after a career publicly recognized for professionalism and accomplishment.

The couple raised their family in Juneau, where they enjoyed boating, hunting, fishing, bird watching, diving and hiking. They made frequent visits with family to the Mount Shasta area of California. He traveled Southeast Alaska with his 24-foot Bayliner cruiser, Mandy Ann, speeding family and close friends from one end of Southeast Alaska to the other.

His friends and family say he was a man "who served Alaska with distinction, exemplified the strength and commitment of family, and loved the beauty of the natural world with an uncommon passion."

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dysart "Scrib" and Bernice, and his sister Georgeanna Toftum.

He is survived by his wife, Kit, of Juneau; his daughters, Jennifer Laitinen and her husband Todd, and Amanda Mallott and her husband Anthony; his son, Nathan and his friend Amy; his sister Linne' Clements and her husband Bill Clements; and his grandson Tyler and granddaughter Addison.

An informal gathering of friends and family will be held at noon, May 15, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's outdoor pavilion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Searches, SEADOGS.

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