Former Soldotna/Kenai resident Grady A. Driver died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, in Seattle, from cancer. He was 48.
Memorial services were held Friday, July 3, in Washington per his wishes. There will be a private family service held at a later date to celebrate Grady's life where he grew up.
Mr. Driver was born in Cleburne, Texas, on April 20, 1961. He came to Alaska with his parents, Carl A. and Joy Driver, brother, Allen, and sister, Debbie, in 1965. He lived in the Kenai and Soldotna area throughout his childhood, teenage, and young adult life. Over the years through a blended family another sister, Denice Doyle, was born to the family. In 1992 Grady moved to Washington which became his home.
"Grady had a love for life, he loved the outdoors, fishing, snowmachining, hiking, gardening but most of all he loved his family and friends. Grady was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan and also loved to cook. Grady had a big heart for animals and was always bringing home strays from the time he was a little boy," his family said. "Grady will be deeply missed by everyone and will always have a special place in our hearts and also his extended friends and family, Phil Ariz of Washington, Angie Chaney, Jim and Trina Doyle and their family, Jerry and Patsy Haberthur, Jerry and Lisa Haberthur and their family, and many other dear friends in Washington."
Mr. Driver was preceded in death by his grandparents, the Drivers and Forsythes; father; step-mother, Helen (Clements) Driver; and brother.
He is survived by his mother; sisters, Debbie Haberthur and her husband, Donald, and Denice Tourtellot, and her husband, David; nieces and nephews, Amanda and David Coates and their daughters, Courtney and Emery; Angela and Tyler Hunt, and their children, Bradley and Haylee, and Dalton, Hailee, Holli and Drake Driver; aunts and uncles, Eula Faye Dukes and family of Missouri, Wayne and Evelene Howell and family, Leonard and Louise Forsythe, Sandra Farrington and family, and Paula and Billy Gilmore and family, all of Texas.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial donations be made in Grady's name to the Soldotna Church of God at 105 W. Redoubt Ave. Soldotna, AK, 99669.
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