Sterling resident Forrest Avery West died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, in a snowmachining accident. He was 17.
A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Dec. 16, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel. Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church at Mile 81 Sterling Highway. Pastor Bob Reasner will officiate. A reception will follow the service.
Forrest was born July 30, 1986, in Lima, Peru. He moved to Alaska as a baby, living in Sterling. He commercially fished with his uncles in the summer and peeled logs for Alaskan Wildwoods.
He enjoyed football, snowmachining, weight training and cross-country skiing.
"Forrest had many special qualities. The one that first comes to mind is his broad mischievous grin. He loved football and working out with his buddy, Logan. He enjoyed weekends and holidays at the Caribou Hills cabin riding his snowmachine with his friends and playing cards with grampa. Forrest was a very special person and will be missed by all," his family said.
Forrest was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Ira West and Ken Lucas.
He is survived by his parents, William and Rebecca West of Sterling, and Kay Kristensen of Florence, Italy; grandparents, Lurena West of Durant, Iowa, Marilyn Lucas of Bay City, Mich., and Marvin and Rosetta Dragseth of Kenai; sisters, Winter West, Brita West and Jackie Rainwater, all of Sterling; brother, Justin Rainwater of Sterling; uncles, Jack West of Durant, Willard West of Sterling, Joe Dragseth of Kenai, Frank Juarez of Davenport, Iowa, and Tom Compton of Durant; aunts, Linnea Juarez of Davenport, Sheila Compton of Durant and Gina Dragseth of Kenai; and many cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, an account has been set up in Forrest's name to support the Skyview football team at Wells Fargo Bank, 45552 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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