Anchorage resident Aram Parker, 27, died suddenly at home on Sept. 17, 2004.
He was born on Jan. 12, 1977, in Anchorage to Bill and Patrice (Metcalfe) Parker. He attended Inlet View, Chugach Optional and Capital elementary schools. He was a 1996 graduate of Steller Secondary School and attended the Art Institute of Seattle. He lived in Juneau in 1986.
He is best remembered for his creative work as a hip hop DJ. He was a talented writer and artist, but his true love was music, his family said.
His family said: "Aram embraced life and his friends and family, even while struggling with the depression that finally overcame him. He was a generous, loving brother and son and a trusted friend. He will be remembered for his sensitivity, sharp intelligence, and remarkable wit. Aram was deeply loved and will always be missed by his family and friends."
Aram was preceded in death by his grandparents Vern and Pat Metcalfe; grandmother Veronica Parker; great-aunt Nadine (Metcalfe) Price; and uncle Paul Helmar.
Aram is survived by his parents Bill and Patrice Parker, siblings Mara Carnahan and Anya, Alia and Adan Parker, brother-in-law Patrick Carnahan and nephews Finn and Adler Carnahan, all of Anchorage. He is also survived by his grandfather Bill Parker and uncles Pat and Tim Parker of West Des Moines, Iowa; aunts and uncles Kimberly, Mac (Ann), John and Peter (Sandy) Metcalfe, all of Juneau; Teeny (Ray Brudie) and Jake Metcalfe (Cecilia LaCara) of Anchorage; Mark Metcalfe (Linda) of California; and Heather Metcalfe Bell (Ron) of North Carolina; cousins Patrice and Leo Helmar, Luke, Lynn and Nellie Metcalfe, McAlister and Mason Metcalfe, Peter and Bienvenido Metcalfe, and Ronnie, Patricia and Nadine Bell. He was also blessed with many loyal friends, including Victoria Anderson, Ariel Brown, Tara Hervish, Alex Hoffman, Indi Rey, and Grace Spohnholz, his family said.
A memorial service was held at the 4th Avenue Theater on Sept. 24. Arrangements were with Witzleben Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, 1023 15th St., NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20005.