Stephen J. Strain


Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006

Anchorage resident Stephen J. Strain died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006, at the corner of 20th and Lake Otis in a car accident. He was 35.

A visitation will be at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St., at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, followed by a service at 2 p.m. Anchorage Police Department Chaplain Mike Massey will officiate. Burial will be at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery in the spring.

Mr. Strain was born in Fort Monmoth, N.J., to Marvin and Cheryl Strain. He moved to Sitka in July 1979 and moved to Anchorage in 1980, graduating from Dimond High School in 1988. He worked at Job Corps for six months in 1988 and joined the U.S. Army, serving until 1992. He worked at Vulcan Towing for two years, Pioneer Towing for two years, Carlisle Trucking for one year, Pacific Alaska Forwarders for three years in Anchorage and two years in Fairbanks, and seasonally for Peak Oilfield Services.

He was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed computer and Internet games, dominos, doing yard work and spending time with his family. In July 2001 he performed CPR on a man who was in a car accident and received the Anchorage Police Department Citizen’s Certificate of Merit.

“He was a loving husband, caring father, brother and son who went to be with our Lord. Stephen was very loved and will be missed by many,” his family said.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Emma Hood.

Mr. Strain is survived by his wife, Deborah Strain; son, Brandon Strain; daughters, Sheyenne and Zafara Strain, all of Anchorage; mother, Cheryl Strain of Kenai; father, Marvin Strain of Olympia, Wash.; brothers, Michael Strain of Texas and Billy Strain of Kenai; sister, Claire Strain of Olympia; aunt and uncle, Johna and Larry Reynolds; cousins, Lara, Jeannie, Dale, Leslie and Crickett Reynolds, all of Sapulpa, Okla.; father and mother-in-law, Jeff and Dora Stokes of Anchorage; brothers-in-law, Daniel Stokes of Wasilla and Joseph Stokes of Anchorage; sisters-in-law, Esther Hayes of Anchorage and Ruth Rodriguez and Judith Stokes of Converse, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Stephen J. Strain Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank, account No. 7232519178.

Arrangements were made by Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.

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