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Former Juneau resident A. John Gallant died unexpectedly on Nov. 5, 2007, of a brain aneurysm at his home in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He was 53.
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Born June 27, 1954, in Kansas City, Mo., to Joe and Alice Gallant, he graduated from Kodiak High School in 1971 and spent the next year working as a police intern with the Juneau Police Department.
For the next 22 years, he worked as a correctional officer for the Department of Corrections in Juneau, Anchorage and Palmer. He served as the president of the Alaska Peace Officer's Association for a number of years and assisted with the promotion and production of their annual concert in Juneau. He was chosen to be Peace Officer of the Year in Juneau twice.
Since his relocation to Hawaii, he had become very interested in the Hawaiian culture and music, in particular, Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole.
Family members said he had a great sense of humor and loved playing practical jokes on his family and friends. Laughter was important to him and he had a knack for always being able to put a smile on everyone's face. He and his children spent many hours of laughing and having fun at Disneyland and other amusement parks. John was a loving and devoted father and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and eldest brother, Joe Gallant.
He is survived by his three children, John Thomas, of Seattle, Wash., Joshua Joseph, of Sheridan, Ore., and Carli Marie and her husband, Robert Gross, of Anchorage; brothers, Greg Gallant and his wife, Terri, of Juneau, and Robert Gallant and his wife, Cynthia, of Australia; nieces and nephew, Megan and Joi Gallant, and Allison Murphy, of California, and Mike Murphy, of Washington.
Upon his arrival in Hawaii, he quickly formed a friendship with the Mohrs. John considered Sandy, Tina, Natalie and June Mohr his "hanoi" (chosen) family.