Denton 'Gene' Backus


Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Sterling resident Denton “Gene” Backus died Saturday, April 8, 2006, at home. He was 43.

A celebration of his life and a potluck will be held at noon Saturday, April 15, at the home of Mark Schuett near Sterling.

Mr. Backus was born Dec. 11, 1962, in Renton, Wash. He graduated from Orting High School and moved from Washington state to Alaska in the spring of 1990, living in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. In 2000, he moved to Sterling.

“He had found the Lord and enjoyed reading the Bible at night and loved his children. He could fix anything and everything and loved to fish more than anything,” his family said.

“He was more than just my twin brother, and he is always going to be in my heart and thoughts,” his sister, Denise, said.

“Denton was the most talented person I have ever known. He could fix anything, and I am going to miss my brother,” said his sister, Candie.

Mr. Backus was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, and cousins, Pat and Frank.

He is survived by his son, Taylor Gene Morgan-Backus; daughter, Andrea Helen Morgan-Backus; stepdaughter, Charlotte E. Morgan; mother and stepfather, Laurel and Donald Crabbs of Auburn, Wash.; father, Jack Backus of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; sisters, Denise Aksamit of Tacoma, Wash., Candie Graham of Palmer and Heather Christiansen of Covington, Wash.; brother, Jeff Backus of Fallbrook, Calif.; special friend Jennifer Van Buren of Sterling; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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