FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Lloyd A. "Red" Foster

Lloyd A. "Red" Foster

On May 17, 2017, Lloyd A. Foster, a.k.a. “Red,” left this world. At 83, he had a good long life.

He had strong opinions, but was known for having a soft heart. He was an excellent cook, avid fisherman, hunter and golfer. There was nothing he loved better than a medium rare steak and a good martini!

He will be missed by those who called him dad, grandpa, uncle and friend.

Lloyd was born in 1933 in Sandpoint, Idaho, the youngest of seven siblings. He was the devoted son of Edna Pearl (Chugg) from Quebec Canada, whom he loved dearly, and (Robert) Clayton Foster from Tyler, Texas. 

Lloyd graduated in 1951 from Lincoln High School in Seattle, Wash.  He joined the Navy in 1952 as a machinist’s mate chief petty officer and was stationed in San Diego. He received a medical discharge in 1953.

He adventured his way to Sitka,  where he worked construction, married his first wife Beatrice, and started a family. He loved living in Alaska!

He was an active member of the American Legion and helped get Gov.  Bill Egan elected back in the day when Alaska became a State.

He was on the first crews to work on the North Slope to build the Alaska Pipeline in the 1970s. He was an active member of the I.U.O.E. (Operating Engineers) until his death.

After his days on the pipeline, he moved to the Seattle area and married his second and beloved wife Gail, who proceeded him in death. He worked as a building inspector for the City of Kirkland until his retirement.

Lloyd is survived by his only daughter Marchelle (Marcy) Foster and his two granddaughters Mikaelah and Madelyn May of Portland, Ore.; his only surviving sister, Eunice Knaggs, and favorite niece Susan Gazdik of Sandpoint.

Also surviving are numerous other nieces and nephews around the Northwest.

 A memorial service will be held 1-3 p.m. June 25 at the Green Acres Community Center, 23825 15th Ave SE, Bothell, WA 98021.

 

 

 

 

 

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