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)

Milton Leroy Hunt

Milton Leroy Hunt

Milton Leroy Hunt, a former Sitka resident, passed away Oct. 31, 2017, at his home in Hayden, Idaho. He was 70.
    He was born Nov. 23, 1946, in Eugene, Ore., where he also attended school.
    After graduating from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1965 and served two tours of duty in Viet Nam. During his first tour he was wounded by a rifle grenade and received the Purple Heart medal. After recovering he was sent back for his second tour.
    During his military service he was head of weapons training. He was honorably discharged in 1969 as a sergeant, and moved to Sitka where his parents lived.
    He had many jobs, including on the North Slope, at Alaska Pulp Corp., in construction, for Arrowhead Transfer, and at the Moose Lodge.
    He lived in Sitka for 35 years and considered it his “home.”
    He loved his country, family, hunting and fishing.
    After moving to Hayden in 2002, his yard and Christmas decorations were top on his list, along with his family.
    He was a good friend to all, and was always willing to help.
    He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sandra Hunt; sons Jim Koehn and wife Kristi of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Byron Hunt of Sitka; grandsons Trevor Koehn of Spokane, Wash., Tyler Koehn of Coeur d’Alene, Jason Koehn of Coeur d’Alene and Hayden Hunt of Sitka; sister-in-law Charline Griffin of Sitka; great-grandaughters Astraea Koehn and Alitheea Koehn of Spokane; and niece Tricia Jeske of Anchorage.
    Three nephews, two aunts, an uncle and five cousins also survive.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in memory of Milton Hunt to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929.
    Burial will be at Sitka National Cemetery in the spring.

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