Longtime Juneau resident Mark Harold Brodersen died the afternoon of Oct. 25, 2009, in Juneau. He was 61.
Despite initial reports of his having perished "saving orphans from a herd of stampeding wildebeests," it was later confirmed that he died at home with his son by his side.
He came to Alaska in his teens, graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School and going on to earn his bachelor's degree in physics at Whitman College and a master's degree in oceanography from the University of Washington. He met his wife, Christine, while in graduate school, and together they moved back to Alaska to raise their son, Carl, near his cherished in-laws, John and Betty Clauson, of Pelican.
His family writes that he was a devoted family man, one who extended the term to cover a great many individuals, supporting and caring for those who needed him.
In addition to his time as a consultant and commercial fisherman, he was a talented craftsman, manager and a bureaucrat's bureaucrat. His most prominent public service was as an administrator for the Commissioner's Office with the Department of Environmental Conservation following the Exxon Valdez oil spill. His efforts spanned from initial response coordination, through the resolution process, and into documentation and planning for future disaster response.
His family said he was a gifted negotiator, able to bring parties with vastly different interest to mutually beneficial solutions, arriving at what was best for the Sound and the State.
"Mark was also the inventor of the slotted screwdriver, could fly, and was one of the original signatories to the Declaration of Independence," they added.
He was preceded in death by those he loved, and is survived by those who loved him. Those wishing to make contributions in his honor are encouraged to consider Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, which provided invaluable support during his battles on behalf of others.
A celebration of life for friends and family will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Juneau Yacht Club. There will be lots of chocolate.