Yakutat resident Michael R. McClellen Sr. died in July 2009 in Yakutat. He was 42.
He was born Feb. 18, 1967, in Pueblo, Colo. When he was a child, he moved with his family to White Salmon, Wash., where they lived until he graduated from Columbia High School in 1985.
He was involved in many sports throughout high school, his biggest passion being football. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving four years in Europe.
In 1990, he moved to Haines, where he married Midge Paddock and started a family. Over the next 18 years, he and his family lived in several communities throughout Alaska. He spent 11 of those years in Pelican, where he started working for ACS as a telecommunications technician.
His later years were spent between Sitka and Yakutat, where his beautiful smile and his love for hunting and fishing will forever be remembered by those who knew him, his family said.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Geraldine Hobbs; and mother, Judy Thompson.
He is survived by Midge McClellen; sons, Benjamin Dunbar and Michael McClellen Jr., of Juneau, and Dylan McClellen, of Yakutat; Cynthia Petersen and her daughters, Karrina and Sanora Bell, of Yakutat; sister, Mickey McClellen; uncle, Jerry Hobbs, of California; and uncle and aunt, Bob and Linda Haskel, of Hawaii.
His ashes will be spread in Ketchikan with his mother and in Pelican at his favorite fishing sport at a later date.
Condolences can be sent to Michael McClellen Jr., 5974 North St., Juneau, AK 99801.