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Obituaries

Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Elmer Landingham

Juneau resident Elmer Landingham died Nov. 19, 2000, in Austin, Tex., at the home of his stepdaughter Heidi Porth and her family. He and his wife, Joyce, had been on a trip visiting friends and family.

Memorial services were held in Seattle Nov. 27 for family and friends there. A memorial service will be held in Juneau at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at Chapel by the Lake.

Leland Joseph Douglas 'Big Doug' Lynch

Juneau and Hoonah resident Leland Joseph Douglas "Big Doug" Lynch died Sept. 9, 2000, in Hoonah.

He was born May 26, 1945, in Port Angeles, Wash., to Vivian and Leo Lynch. He grew up in Juneau and enjoyed swimming and fishing. He often sold his catch of the day in the local pubs downtown or gave fish to his friend Ida Holenbach.

He enlisted in the Army in 1969 and served a three-year tour of duty in Vietnam, rising to the rank of sergeant. He returned to Alaska and worked as a laborer on the transAlaska pipeline and later on the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound. He worked as a laborer on construction projects in the Juneau area, as a cab driver, commercial fisherman and as a home care provider for elderly friends.

He moved to Hoonah in 1992 to pursue the lifestyle he loved: fishing, hunting, cooking and spending time with his friends, especially Tom Hughes, "Little Doug" Davenport, Dottie Johanson, Jeff Tischer, Walter "Waanzi" Lindoff and Mike Elliot. His friends wrote that he was a gentle and giving man with a passion for helping people. He also loved animals.

He was preceded in death by his father and his sister Darlene Vavalis. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Vivian and Lloyd Lovaas, his sister Karen and brotherinlaw Jim Fijalka of Las Vegas, his brotherinlaw John Vavalis of Juneau, and nieces and nephews Dan, Ron and Tim Vavalis, Deanne Williams, Cheri Renner, George Fijalka, Heidi Eastwood and Eide Blank.

He was cremated and his ashes were spread on a favorite spot in the Hoonah area. A wake and memorial service were held in Hoonah. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. His family may be contacted through Cheri Renner at 586-3036.

Lloyd 'Red' Morley

Former longtime Juneau resident Lloyd "Red" Morley died Nov. 23, 2000, at the Anchorage Pioneers' Home.

He was born Jan. 4, 1912, in Cashmere, Wash., to David and Tacy Morley. He and his wife, Gwen, moved to Juneau in 1939, following their marriage on April 16, 1938. He worked in public health, and he began his long career in Alaska with the Territorial Department of Health in Juneau.

He moved to Anchorage in 1940, and took a leave of absence in 1954 and 1955 from the territorial department to serve as administrator of the newly-built Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Palmer. He returned to Juneau with his family in 1957. He retired as the director of Environmental Health in 1976. He and his wife lived in Auke Bay until they moved to the Anchorage Pioneers' Home in October 1998.

He was a 1931 graduate of Bainbridge High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in 1935 and a master's from Washington State College in 1937. He attended Bethesda Medical School and specialized in epidemiology and tropical medicine, and served in the Navy during World War II, working as a plague officer in the Philippines and China.

He enjoyed woodcarving, specializing in waterfowl, growing vegetables, flytying, travel, boating and photography. He was a drummer and performed with the dance combo the AJ Band. He was a charter member of the Anchorage Kiwanis Club, and served as president and lieutenant governor of the club. He served on the boards of Sheldon Jackson College and King's Lake Camp. He was an elder at Chapel by the Lake, a member of the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo 6, AlaskaYukon Pioneers and a lifetime member of the NRA, the Scottish Rite (and past master of the Juneau Gastineau Lodge 124) and a 32nd degree KCCH, a member of the Juneau Shrine Club and the Nile Shrine Temple of Washington.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gwen of Anchorage, his sister Ruth Washington, children Max (and Sharon) of Washington, Lloydean of California, Bruce (and Judy) of Juneau, and Lynn of Washington, and grandchildren Kimberly of California, Todd of Anchorage, David of Massachusetts, Elena of Washington, Yani of Florida and Steven of Juneau and four great-grandchildren.

A service was held Tuesday in Anchorage, with a Juneau service planned at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chapel by the Lake. His ashes will be spread over Southeast waters at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Heifer Project International, 1015 Louisiana St., Little Rock, AR, 72202.



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