Leslie 'Les' L. King
Former Kenai Peninsula resident and Alaska pioneer Leslie “Les” L. King died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with family by his side after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 75.
Memorial services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Sterling Senior Center. Pastor Jim Pearson will officiate. The family invites people to share a story about Mr. King and celebrate his life.
Mr. King was born April 22, 1931, in Helena, Mont., and adopted by Bernard and Winifred King. After serving in the Korean War with the Air Force, he was transferred in the early 1950s to Fairbanks’ Ladd Field. Two early marriages bore him two sons, Leslie II and Bernard (Pnutz) King. In 1966 he met his lifelong companion, Marie Engebretson, and became dad to Linda.
In his early years, he worked for Tripp Office Equipment, fought the fire of 1969 on the Kenai and worked on the North Slope. He was “Mr. Mom” while Marie worked at Fort Wainwright during the pipeline boom. The Kings had a variety of businesses in Fairbanks and on the Kenai Peninsula; Foxy Fisherman Charters, fireworks sales and eventually Naptown Trading Post became their passion.
“He was a very involved parent in Pnutz’s and Linda’s school years. He never missed a game and befriended many of their schoolmates. Many family weekends were spent fishing on various rivers and lakes in Alaska. It was in 1970 that the family first came to the Kenai Peninsula fishing and the dream of a business on the peninsula started,” his family said.
“He dreamed of moving back to North Pole to be near his children and grandchildren. Special times were spent with Bobby Dominguez-Robinson and her children, Tricia Katzenberger and Jay Dominguez. Tricia’s boys, Cody and Colton Yancey, spent many playdates with Les.”
“He moved back to North Pole in the last year of his life. Pnutz, his grandson Josh, friend Leon Bender and many other friends and new acquaintances, all of which became his lifeline during his last year, cared for him. Linda and her family traveled from Tok many weekends to be with him. Les will be long remembered as one to always be there to lend a helping hand.”
Mr. King was preceded in death by his wife, Marie, in 1990.
He is survived by his son, Bernard (Pnutz) Christian King II; daughter and son-in-law, Linda (Engebretson-Jernigan) Worner and Jeff; grandchildren, Joshua and Elizabeth of Fairbanks-North Pole, Chad, Aaron and Ashley of Tok; and sisters, Billie Brashear and family of Arizona, Sandra Smith and family of Washington and Bernadine King of California.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Sterling Senior Center.
Arrangements were made by Chapel of Chimes in Fairbanks.
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