Superior Court Judge Jonathan H. "Jon" Link died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna, after a short illness. He was 59.
A memorial service will be held at at l p.m. April 5 at the Alaska State Courthouse, 125 Trading Bay Drive in Kenai.
Judge Link was born Jan. 22, 1944, in Washington, D.C. After obtaining his bachelor of arts degree in 1965 from Whittier College in California, Judge Link joined the U.S. Army and was posted at Fort Wainwright, where he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant E-5 in 1969.
Judge Link returned to Alaska in 1972, after obtaining his law degree from Hastings School of Law in San Francisco and was employed by the law firm of Hughes, Thorsness, Lowe, Gantz and Clark in Anchorage for two years. He then returned to Fairbanks as a partner in Johnson, Christensen, Shamberg and Link. From 1976 to 1990, Judge Link continued to serve his clients as a solo practitioner until he was appointed to the Superior Court bench in Kenai by Gov. Steve Cowper, a position that he held until his death.
Throughout his years in private practice, the esteem with which Judge Link was viewed, particularly because of his dedicated representation of clients, was evidenced by positions to which he was elected and appointed. Judge Link was elected to the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association in 1978, serving as vice president in 1981. He also served on its Fee Arbitration Committee between 1981 and 1984. In Fairbanks, Judge Link was elected as secretary, vice president and president of the Tanana Valley Bar Association.
In early 1991, Judge Link was appointed as Administrative Judge for the Kenai Peninsula, overseeing the smooth operation of courthouses located in Kenai, Seward and Homer, a position which he continued to fill until his death. In 1995, his peers elected him to membership on the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct, the body charged by law with oversight and discipline of members of the judiciary a position he held until 1999.
Judge Link's interests were eclectic, ranging from Northwest Coast Indian art to river boating, carpentry and the construction of stained glass pieces. He also served as director and treasurer of the Fairbanks Historical Preservation Board, the entity responsible for the restoration of the riverboat Nenana.
First in his life was his family.
He was preceded in death by his father, George E. Link, esq., and his mother, Blayne.
Judge Link is survived by his wife of almost 19 years, Mildred; 16-year-old daughter, Lydia; sisters, Mary Means of Seattle, Wash., and Barbara Durigan of Fort Bragg, Calif.; brother Russell Link of Whidbey Island, Wash,; and stepmother Thea Link of Walnut Creek, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made in Judge Link's memory to the Alaska Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 100279, Anchorage, AK 99510; the SPCA of Kenai Peninsula Inc., P.O. Box 4243, Soldotna, AK 99669; or the Fairbanks Historical Preservation Foundation, P.O. Box 70552, Fairbanks, AK 99707.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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