Sixteen-year Alaska resident Donavon C. Fugate died Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 43.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel. Pastor Alan Humphries will officiate.
Mr. Fugate was born June 16, 1960, in Eureka, Calif., to Woodrow and Vivian Fugate. The family relocated to Klamath, Calif., and then onto Roseburg, Ore., where they did big timber logging. In 1987, he moved to North Kenai to be with longtime friends Lowell Green and John Kernan. The hunting, fishing and love of Alaska he found made him settle in and make Alaska his home.
"Although hampered by a setback at birth, Mr. Fugate never let it handicap his gentle, loving spirit. Kind and forgiving, generosity and thoughtfulness were the creed for this 'care-full' and gentle man. Always quick with a please and heartfelt thank you, Donavon's memory will remain forever with all who called him friend, brother or mate," his family said.
"He loved people. He was recognized for his friendly, outgoing demeanor. Throughout our lives together he was such a beautiful strong spirit. He was always there to lend a helping hand. He loved his grandchildren with his 'Love you, want you, miss you.' Now he will be greatly missed. Farewell to beloved grandpa, companion, love and friend."
Mr. Fugate was preceded in death by his brothers, Doug Fugate and Danny Soloman.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Marianne Neucklavok; grandchildren, Jaquelyn, Marianne, Ralph and Cameron Ketah; brothers, Dorwin 'Doby', Dewayne, Clyde, Delbert and Darryl Fugate; sisters, Dorinda Grubbs and Darla Van Orman; and many friends whom he made feel like family.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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