Nikiski resident Melvin "Barefoot" Dale Larkin died Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 53.
A memorial service, including a potluck and music, will be held at 6 p.m. today, Oct. 7, at the Kenai Moose Lodge.
Mr. Larkin was born Feb. 26, 1950, in the Lower 48. He moved to Kenai in 1988 and later moved to Nikiski.
He was a disabled Vietnam veteran, who was proud of his service to his country, said his daughter, Ricia Dean. He also was a musician.
"He enjoyed pickin' and grinnin' and jamming with 'peace, love and harmony' around the campfire with his friends and family," his family said.
He also enjoyed carpentry and spending time with his family.
"He was a loving husband and father, put family always first," said his daughter Terridale Larkin. "He was the best person I ever knew. He was loved by many and will always be cared about and remembered."
He is survived by his wife, Teresa "Terri" Larkin of Nikiski; mother and stepfather, Helen and John "Willie" Hagins of California; his brothers, Lynn Larkin and his wife of British Columbia, Bill Larkin of California, Duane Hammond and JC Hammond and his wife; sisters, Sharon and her husband of Oregon, and Melva Pribbenow and her husband of Alaska; daughters, Ricia Dean and her husband, Terridale BG Larkin, Thomasine Rose, Vicki Matula and her husband and Joyce Rodriguez and her husband; "son," JT Trinton; grandchildren, Thomas, Nathanael "Rusty," Amanda, Zechariah "Bubby" and Benjamin Dean, Kodi Bear, Nicole Matula, Trevor, Austin, Tristin and Katlyn Rodriguez and Cuddles Larkin; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made by Evergreen Memorial Chapel and Crematorium in Anchorage.
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