Warren Everett Wild

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010

Longtime Juneau resident Warren Everett Wild died July 12, 2010 at his home. He was 86.

Born Feb. 10, 1924 in Olympia, Wash., Warren served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946 as an electronics technician aboard the USS Lunga Point. He then completed his college degree in civil engineering at St. Martin's College.

He and Margaret Boone were married in 1946, after knowing each other since first grade. The family moved to Anchorage in 1960 and then Juneau in 1963. He was a civil engineer for the Alaska Department of Highways and later in private practice with partner George Davidson. He was proud to have been involved in many of the state's most ambitious engineering projects and worked as a Southeast District engineer. He and Margaret lived in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, in 1979, when he worked on the Shakwak Project to provide all-weather road access between Haines and interior Alaska through Canada.

He was always active, physically and mentally, full of plans and projects. He and Margaret designed and built a cabin at Chilkat Lake, which they enjoyed for many years. At home he built a scale model of his wife's favorite lighthouse, Sentinel Island, which stands in their yard. His latest project, left unfinished, was the construction of an entrance sign strategically placed to welcome people to the community of Juneau.

He liked traveling, gardening, crossword puzzles, bridges, and the Mariners. He helped with Juneau youth baseball programs in the 1960's, including construction of Volunteer Ball Park located on the corner of Airport Road and Glacier Highway. He was an active Rotarian for many years, and always gave his wife, daughter and daughter-in-law Rotary roses.

Most of all he loved and treasured those times when the family gathered together. He enjoyed lively debate. He had a wonderful Father's Day this year, placing third in the croquet tournament. He was known for his generosity, his sense of humor, and his helping hands.

Warren was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Lulu Kingsbury Wild and his brothers Gordon, Stan and Ken. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; children Robert Wild (Gretchen Keiser) of Juneau, Linda Wild (Rodger Painter) of Juneau, James (Mary Jo Lord) of Elfin Cove and Jo Anne and Ruth Wild of Kent, Wash.; grandchildren Byron Wild, Wolf Painter, Johanna Kinnear, Liana Port, Alexei Painter, Omen Wild, Marlie Loomis and Serena Wild; seven great-grandchildren; and his sister Evelyn Peaslee of Bothell, Wash.; and very close family friend Rosemarie Alexander of Juneau.

Friends are invited to a remembrance for Warren on Thursday, July 22 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at 9030 Atlin Drive, Juneau. No flowers, please; enjoy the garden.

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