ALL SET FOR SETS – Seiners are rafted two deep at Crescent Harbor this afternoon. With less-than-ideal herring weights and roe percentages in samples taken this morning, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is holding off on calling an opening today. More sampling will take place Saturday. The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery has been on two-hour notice since Sunday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Former Resident Larry Loitz Dies

Larry Loitz

Services Nov. 9


Former Sitka resident Lawrence “Larry” Loitz, 74, passed away on Oct. 28, 2018, at Mat-Su Regional Hospital.
Larry was born on March 12, 1944, to Farnum and Lilly Loitz in Shelton, Wash. In 1959, when he was 15 years old, his family moved to Sitka, for employment at the new pulp mill. After Sitka High School, Larry worked for Alaska Lumber & Pulp, from 1962 to 1994.
Larry married his second wife and surviving spouse, Joyce, in 1985.
Larry was a Sitka Volunteer Firefighter between 1969 and 1993. He was an avid snowmobiler in winter on Harbor Mountain and sometimes in Juneau.
When Alaska Lumber & Pulp closed in 1993, he and his family moved to Wasilla, where he started his own septic tank/leech field installation company, Aardvark Enterprises, which he operated from 1996 to 2003. He later worked in transportation at Job Corps in Palmer, from 1996 to 2011.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Charles Loitz.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Loitz of Wasilla; his four children, Tammy Loitz of Nickerson, Kansas, Trace Horrace of Fairbanks, Jason Loitz of Wasilla, and Ashley Blatchford (Quincy) of Kenai; his sister, Marilyn Hawley of Bellingham, Wash.; and his six grandchildren, Robert Horrace, Victoria Horrace, Tristan Loitz, Hanna Horrace, Paige Loitz, and Kyle Loitz.
Services are to be held at the Palmer Elks Lodge, 2600 N. Barrys Resort Dr.ive, Wasilla, on Nov. 9, at 6 p.m., with potluck meal to follow.
Condolences may be sent c/o 481 Trent Circle, Wasilla, AK 99654.

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