Kasilof resident John Byron Alexander died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at his home on Tustumena Lake Road. He was 64.
A large memorial gathering was held Saturday at the Decanter Inn.
Mr. Alexander was born July 19, 1937, in Portland, Ore. He was raised in Oregon, where he worked in various family businesses, including logging, excavation and fishing. He received his master's degree at Oregon State University and traveled through the western states working as a geologist, moving to Anchorage in 1969.
After touring the Kenai Peninsula on vacation, Mr. Alexander and his family relocated to Clam Gulch and operated the Clam Shell Lodge through the late 1970s. He moved to Kasilof in 1979 and lived there until his death.
Mr. Alexander was a fixture along the Sterling Highway for many years. He was a vocal member of the Republican Party, known for his ability to argue any side of any issue, and his willingness to do so at any time. His interest in all things with engines or wheels added to his mechanical skills over the years, which left him able to make almost any vehicle move, even if his tool kit only contained duct tape and baling wire.
"Byron was generous to a fault with his skills and knowledge, and his brand of advise, help and humor will be missed in the Kasilof community he called home for the past 25 years," has family said.
Mr. Alexander is survived by daughters Holly Kelty and Machelle Durdahl of Anchorage; niece, Kirsten Alexander-Staggenborg of Coos Bay, Ore.; and nephew, Bruce Alexander of Albany, Ore.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, 33955 Community Drive, Soldotna, AK 99669.
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