Gordon Brunton

Posted: Friday, August 07, 2009

Juneau resident Gordon Brunton died July 22, 2009, in Portland, Ore. He was 70.

Born in 1938 in San Francisco, he was raised in Redlands, Calif. He came to Alaska in 1958 to attend the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, where he earned a degree in geology. He married Mary Lee Cashen in 1963 in Douglas. They moved to Valdez, where he worked for the Alaska Department of Highways. While there, he became the volunteer fire chief and was a member of the school board and the Eagles Lodge.

Later he moved his family to Juneau, where he was the Deputy State Fire Marshal for Southeast Alaska.

He was a champion swimmer in high school and enjoyed skiing, fishing, scuba diving and swimming. After retirement, he took up golf and was a member of both the Juneau and Wrangell golf clubs.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lee "Murt" Brunton; son, Glen Brunton; daughter, Gwen Brunton and husband, Durstin Selfridge, and their sons, Donovan and Alistair; sister, Ann Swoish and husband, Jim, of Hawaii; brother- and sister-in-law, Tom and Heather Cashen, of Juneau; and nephews, Steve and Greg Cashen, and Chris, Gregg and Jon Swoish.

A reception in his memory will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Baranof Hotel.

Donations may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 20110, Juneau, AK 99802.

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