Sterling resident, Scott Brian Hagen, 55, passed away Feb. 22, 2011. He died peacefully in his sleep.
Mr. Hagen was born at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas. He left the state of Texas when he was 6 weeks old. He spent his early years in Washington State. He arrived in Alaska in 1960. He was in Fairbanks until 1962 when he moved to Ft Yukon, Alaska. Then he lived in Anchorage until he graduated from Service High school in 1974. He graduated with honors and was nominated to attend the military service schools.
He worked for Spada's Feed and Seed for a couple of years and then commercial fished in Kenai. After that he worked for fire control on the Kenai Spur for several years. Then he went into business with his sister and brother-in-law (Sharon and Lance Backhaus) at Footworks on the K-Beach road. They sold the business and Scott became the kennel master for the Mitch Seavey racing Kennel until his death.
Mr. Hagen knew the Seavey family for 15 years and when he went to work for them he became one of the family members. They will greatly miss his booming laugh and big smile and meals that he could cook.
Mr. Hagen had been active in the Junior Jaycees. He was also very active in the Friends of Athletes with Disabilities for the Soldotna-Kenai area. Mr. Hagen was very interested in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race and was in Nome for the early finishers. He made a lot of friends in his lifetime and his booming laugh and big smile will be missed by all that knew him.
Mr. Hagen is survived by his parents, Gil and Dixie Hagen, of Lynden, Wash.; three sisters, Sharon Backhaus and her husband, Lance, of Hazen, N.D.; Sandra Smith and her husband, Mike, of Wasilla; and Susan Hagen, of Palmer; four nephews, John-Dixon Backhaus, Jeremiah Backhaus, Adam Hagen and Alex Hagen; niece, Jade Backhaus; great-niece, Lorian Backhaus; and great-nephew, Silas Backhaus.
Memorial donations may be made to the Friends of Athletes with Disabilities P.O. Box 2416, Kenai, AK and the Iditarod Race Trail Committee P.O. Box 870800, Wasilla. AK 99687.
A memorial service will be held later in the spring at the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenai.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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