North Kenai resident James A. Munson died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, in a aircraft accident near Crescent Lake in the foothills of Mount Redoubt. He was 44.
A service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai Senior Center. His ashes will be scattered at a later date.
Mr. Munson was born Sept. 23, 1956, in Bethesda, Md. He was a graduate of the Spartan School of Aeronautics in aircraft maintenance
He moved to Alaska in 1980. Upon his arrival to Kenai, he was employed with Kenai Air Alaska as an aircraft mechanic and eventually became the shop foreman and director of fixed wing maintenance.
In 1985, he began working for SouthCentral Air and held the positions of director of maintenance and director of operations. He became the owner of SouthCentral Air in 1995 and operated it until 1999. For the past year he was a pilot for Everts Air Fuel Service in Kenai.
He enjoyed wood working, especially boat building. His dream was to finish the trimaran he had been building and sail with his wife throughout Alaska and beyond. His quiet moments were spent reading.
"Jim had a a way of connecting with people that made him a joy to be with. He and his wife shared an especially deep relationship. His love will be kept forever," the family said.
Mr. Munson is survived by his wife and best friend, Matti Munson; stepchildren Dawn Judkins, Crystal Poole and Rocky Poole; parents, James D. Munson and Katherine Racer; siblings Robert Munson, Ann Munson and Kit Munson; and numerous other family and friends.
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