Paul Isaak


Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2007



Longtime Soldotna physician Paul Isaak died Tuesday, April 24, 2007, on the family homestead surrounded by his family. He was 85.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Christ Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Soldotna Bible Chapel. He will be laid to rest at the Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof Rev. Wendall Dahl, a life-long friend of Doc Isaak will come from Australia to officiate. .

Mr. Isaak “Doc” was born on a farm in Parkston, S.D., on July 10, 1921. He was a U.S. Marine and fought in the South Pacific during World War II. He tested out of high school, but spent one year at Augustana Academy taking college prep classes. When he finished medical school he had a wife and four children.

Doc and his wife, Amy moved to Seward in 1957. Foreseeing opportunities, in 1960 the couple and their five children moved to Soldotna. He was the first physician in the Soldotna and Kenai area. He worked tirelessly to help get a hospital built. He also was involved in helping build Christ Lutheran Church.

He received many awards for his contributions. In the 1960s he was president of the Alaska Heart Association, on the Board of Directors for the Cancer Association, president of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, featured on the cover of Medical World News, president of the Alaska State Medical Association, and began many terms as local Civil Air Patrol commander. In 1967 the Alaska State Medical Association gave him the Physician of the Year Award for Alaska. The last award he received was the Pioneer Award from the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce in October 2005.

Doc had many interests. The interest most enjoyed by the community was his acrobatic performances in his open cockpit Starduster bi-plane. In 1983, he began learning about natural medicine. He was an avid hunter and pilot who enjoyed fishing. After his retirement he put his mechanical abilities to full-time use and rebuilt Supercubs. He was a unique, highly respected man with many talents.

“We will miss his quick, sharp wit, his sense of humor and his generosity. He was a life-long learner, a risk taker: independent, strong, determined and practical. ‘Just Do It’ could be his motto. We are proud of him, love him and he will be greatly missed,” his family said.

He is survived by his wife; children, David Isaak and his wife, Sharon, James and his wife, Shelia, Karen and her husband, Greg Encelewski, Joan and her husband, Tom Corr, and Jane and her husband, Dennis Cork; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dr. Paul Isaak Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Central Peninsula Health Foundation 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna 99669; Missionary Aviation Repair Center, Designate for aircraft, Box 511, Soldotna 99669; or to the Soldotna Historical Society, Box 1986, Soldotna 99669.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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