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Obituaries

Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2000

Thomas W. Van Brocklin

Alaska resident Thomas W. Van Brocklin died May 9, 2000, in Sparks, Nev., after a long battle with cancer.

He was born Nov. 3, 1949, in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Van Brocklin, a graduate of San Francisco University with a Masters Degree in English Literature, served in the Alaska Legislature for ten years as an assistant to Rep. Gene Kubina, Rep. Eric Croft and Sen. Georgianna Lincoln. Prior to his career politics, he worked as an instructor for the University of Alaska at Prince Williams Sound Community College in Valdez for 12 years. He also worked as a hospital administrator in Cordova. In 1996, Van Brocklin returned to Cordova and rekindled his father's restaurant and bar, now known as the Flying Dutchman.

Friends said he loved to ``banter around'' with words, both in speaking and in written from. He shared his talent with many published writings throughout his lifetime. He also loved spending time with his son and enjoyed their many trips hiking, camping and kayaking in Alaska and Washington state. He was an energetic, optimistic individual who was committed to working to make a difference, said friends.

Van Brocklin was a Navy veteran and an active member of the Pioneers of Alaska and the Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his son Bill Van Brocklin of Seattle, Wash.; mother Dorothy Van Brocklin; brothers Pat and Mike Van Brocklin all of Sparks, Nev; father Donald Van Brocklin of Port Angeles, Wash.; and many lifetime friends.

A memorial service will he held at 2 p.m., July 8, 2000, at the Elks Lodge in Cordova, Alaska. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bill Van Brocklin College Fund, c/o 975 Sunny Brook Lane, Sparks, Nevada 89346.

Mary J. Johnson

Mary J. Johnson died May 19, 2000, in Juneau. A memorial service and funeral is scheduled at 1 p.m. today at the ANB Hall in Hoonah. She will be buried in Juneau next to her husband, William S. Johnson, at 1 p.m. Monday at Alaska Memorial Park.

She is survived by her sisters Eva Davis and Jennie Lindoff, and her brother Wilbur James, all of Hoonah.

A full obituary will run in Monday's Empire.



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