John Monfor Jr.

Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2000

Lifelong Kenai resident John Monfor Jr. died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at his winter home in Seattle. He was 56.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai.

Part of his ashes will be scattered at the family's beach site, the rest will be inurned at the family's cemetery in Salamatof.

Born Sept. 10, 1944, and raised in Kenai, his life was dedicated to his family and to the betterment of Alaska's Native community. He attended first through 12th grades at the old Kenai school, graduating in 1963. He also attended the Northrop Institute of Technology and received a degree in industrial development from the University of Oklahoma.

He married Chris deForest in June 1973 at the Kenai Russian Orthodox Church.

In addition to owning and operating a commercial salmon setnet site in Cook Inlet, his career included serving as a youth counselor, as executive director of the Kenai Native Association and as vice president of Cook Inlet Region Inc.

His other loves included playing golf with his family and friends and occasionally sipping on good Scotch, his family said.

"He was a successful, loyal and dependable man with a heart of gold and a gift for mentoring and caring for others. He was a quiet man that did what needed to be done and never expected any recognition in return," said a statement from his family. "A loving husband, devoted father, doting grandfather, caring brother, uncle and loyal friend, he will always be alive in the hearts of all those who were blessed to know him."

In addition, his family remembered Mr. Monfor with the following sentiments: "A father considers his wealth not in possessions, but in the happiness of his family. ... For all the times you took, for all the sacrifices you made and for all the wonderful memories you've given our family, we love you, Daddy."

He is survived by his wife Chris Monfor; his children Stephanie Matheny, Michelle Monfor Fitzhenry and Christopher John Monfor; his grandchildren Lauren, Alex, Christopher Jr. and a grandchild to be born in March 2001; and his brothers Fred and Robert Mamaloff and sisters Edna Linderman,Virginia Trenton and Marjorie Jordan, and their families. Other family members include his aunt, Fiocla Wilson, and the Ross, Engelsted, Lorenzo and Sacaloff families, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Remembrances in Mr. Monfor's memory may be made to to Kenaitze Head Start c/o Tribal Elders Memorial Fund, Box 988, Kenai, AK 99611 or Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church Restoration Fund, Box 1227, Kenai, AK 99611.

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