Nikiski resident Jay Sieger died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, while descending from the summit of Mount Makalu in Nepal. He was 45.
There will be no memorial service.
Mr. Sieger was born July 29, 1958, in Los Angeles to Harvey and Celia Sieger. He attended schools in Los Angeles. Shortly after graduating with a bachelor's degree from the University of California Northwood in 1980, he visited Alaska and began "a life-long love affair with climbing," said his family and friends.
He was employed in the oil industry for many years, at both Nikiski's Unocal plant and for BP Exploration on the North Slope, but these jobs were just a means to an end for Mr. Sieger, who was well known in the climbing community.
His extensive climbing accomplishments included summits on three continents and notable attempts on Everest, K2 and several other Himalayan peaks. His fourth attempt at K2 had been scheduled following the Mount Makalu trip.
"All who knew and loved Jay had little doubt how his life would end, and it is fitting and proper that his body was entombed near his final summit," wrote his family and friends.
Mr. Sieger was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brothers Ron Sieger and Richie Sieger, who both live in Los Angeles.
Condolences may be sent to Ron Sieger at 9016 Monte Mar Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90035.
Friends also may contact Ryan Tremblay at (907) 776-8724.
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