Gregory Don Graves died Thursday, June 3, 2010 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage with his family by his side. He was 58.
A Celebration of Life and potluck for Mr. Graves will be held at Greg and Doreen's house at, 1041 Bettina Way in Wasilla on July 11 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Mr. Graves was born on July 6, 1951 in Hood River, Oregon to Donald and Betty Graves. He spent most of his life in Dallesport, Washington, falling timber, driving trucks, and he was always building something in his shop. Mr. Graves graduated from Lyle High School in 1969. He loved to fish and hunt and also enjoyed trap shooting. Mr. Graves had two daughters, Delena and Taralee. After his girls were grown, Mr. Graves was ready for a change and moved to Alaska, the land of wilderness and wildlife, a perfect fit.
While in Alaska working, Mr. Graves met Doreen Fisk. Greg married Doreen, the love of his life, his best friend and soul mate.
His family writes, "Doreen and Greg shared a beautiful home in Wasilla and were blessed with a love they shared in great joys, plenty of laughter and lots of fishing -- a match made in heaven. His loves were Doreen, his girls, his grandchildren and of course fishing and hunting. He was a 'manly man' with a big soft heart, true and loyal to everyone. Greg loved his family dearly and was a son, husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend. While going the extra distance, to always make everything perfect, Greg suffered a work related injury, which ultimately claimed his life. However, he did not go without a fight in true Greg fashion."
Mr. Graves is survived by his wife, Doreen Graves; daughter, Delena Graves; daughter, Taralee Eaton and husband, Mark; three grandchildren, Mikayla, Tristyn and one bun in the oven; his mother and father, Don and Betty Graves; brother, Doug Graves and wife, Redd; brother, Kip Graves and wife, Julie; sister, Robin Urness and husband, Tim; sister, Tami Toth and husband, Andy; numerous nieces, nephews and great friends.
Arrangements are with Valley Funeral Home and Crematory in Wasilla.
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