Soldotna resident Jeptha Thomas "J.T." Hunt Sr. died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at his home near Soldotna. He was 84.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Hunt residence. A private family viewing will be held.
Mr. Hunt was born Feb. 25, 1916, at Stayton, Ore. He graduated from Salem High School in Salem, Ore., at the age of 14. He was the owner and operator of J.T.H. Logging Co. of Sweet Home, Ore., from 1939 to 1963. Mr. Hunt moved to Soldotna in 1974, and from 1976 until his retirement in 1994, operated Thick 'n' Thin Lumber Co. in Soldotna. His hobbies and interests were logging, sawing lumber, camping and fishing.
"J.T. (Brownie) married the love of his life, Jewell, in 1949 and moved to Soldotna in 1974. He was a strong, proud man and loved his family unconditionally. His talents were so many; he could do anything he set out to do. He was our strength and always led us in the right direction. His honesty was passed on to all he met and knew. He showed us the meaning of dignity and strength. He was a loving husband, father and grandpa. Our love and precious memories will live on through him, and his strength and wisdom will guide us all. We thank God he gave him to us to enrich all of our lives in one way or another," the family said.
Mr. Hunt is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jewell; sons and daughters and their spouses Darrell and Darlene Spratt of Tillamook, Ore., Diana of California, Jean and Walt Yoder of Sterling, Jim and Vickie Hunt of Redmond, Ore., Tom and Glenda Hunt of Soldotna, Verna and Les Kosydar of Sterling, and Hope Hunt and Bob Hensler of Soldotna; sister Helen Dawson of Bremerton, Wash.; 24 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association of Alaska, 500 W. International Airport Road., Suite A, Anchorage, AK 99518.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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