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Larry Pearson

Larry Pearson, beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, went to sleep peacefully in the lap of the Lord on July 16, 2013, at his home in Juneau. His final days were spent with his wife and family surrounding him with love.
Larry was born in Sedro-Woolley, Wash., on May 9, 1951, the son of Donald and Irene Pearson. The family moved to Sitka in 1962, and he graduated from Sitka High in 1969.
He and Jacki Stitz were married Dec. 21, 1979.
He touched the lives of many throughout the years. Although his life was cut short, he lived it to the fullest, savoring and cherishing every moment. He understood the quality of life and knew that quality exceeded the quantity of years lived.  His motto was God, Family and Labs, his family said.  He was a man who mined the depths of what life has to offer.
Larry was a man of many talents. He worked out of the Teamsters Union driving trucks for the Alaska pipeline. He is perhaps best known for working at the Sitka 76 Station, Don’s Crescent Service. He was a great mechanic; there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. When his father passed away in 1987 it became Larry’s Crescent Service.
Larry and Jacki moved to St. George, Utah, in 1999 where Jacki worked as the head chef at a five-star resort, and Larry managed the Tire Lube Express at Wal-Mart in Bloomington. But their hearts were always in Alaska, so in 2007 he transferred to Juneau Wal-Mart, where he was the IMS supervisor until he became ill in December 2011.
He loved to watch NASCAR, always saying “See you at the races”; and football – Go Seahawks!
He enjoyed spending time with friends snowmobiling, fishing, hunting and taking photographs. Some of those still hang on generations of his family’s walls. Playing cribbage was a favorite game (he never seemed to lose) and he loved his dogs dearly. They say “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks” but Larry could. He had such a heart for animals and a way about him, he was like an “animal whisperer.”
During his illness he spent most of his time with his wife and much loved “man’s best friend” Lilly. Although his frail body began to give in to the disease, his fighting spirit led to his living longer than expected before he peacefully ascended to heaven.
Although Larry is away, cherished memories will continue. “In life we loved Larry dearly, in death, we do the same. Although his parting has left a void, we fill it with remembered joy. His friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, a good joke played with a wink – Larry’s life was full of loving family, good friends, wonderful dogs and fun times,” his family said.
 Larry was preceded in death by his father, Donald E. Pearson.
Larry is survived by his wife Jacki, daughters Marsha Jeske of Oregon and Tamara Parker Cooper, (Tom Cooper) of Bow, Wash.; his mother Irene Pearson and sister Vicki Pearson-Allen of Sitka; grandchildren Trevor, Tori, Tatum and Payne of Bow; and his sister-in-law Sharon Stitz of Sitka (who he referred as his “rotten sister-in-law” with much love).
Also surviving are his niece, Kristal Hammack (Steve Walker) of Sitka; nephew Kevin Buckland (Joy) of  Anchorage; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and great-great-grandnieces  and -grandnephews.
Larry also greatly valued the friendship of his best friend Mark Jimmerson of Juneau, and best friends Steve Petro, Neil Huff, Gary Moy and Steve Walker, of Sitka, and numerous friends too many to mention (you know who you are).
A celebration of Larry’s life will be 1:30-4 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the main shelter of Halibut Point Recreation Area. Friends and family are invited to come share a story or two of how Larry touched your life. Finger foods and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.
A service also will be held at his home church, Praise Chapel in Juneau, at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 28.
“Perhaps God said, ‘I need someone strong enough to pull sleds, find bombs, yet gentle enough to love babies and lead the blind, someone who will spend all day on a couch with a resting head and supportive eyes to lift the spirits of a broken heart.’ So God made dogs.”
Jacki and Larry’s dogs were not their whole life, but they made their lives whole, the family said. “Their link to paradise here on earth, nothing was boring. They brought peace, love, comfort, companionship and so much joy.”
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his memory to: Pintler Pets Humane Society P.O. Box 1204 Anaconda, MT  59711

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 11-24-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 12:25 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 578

Total statewide – 27,669

Total (cumulative) deaths – 115

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 619

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Active cases in Sitka – 29

Hospitalizations in Sitka – 3

Cumulative Sitka cases – 176 (155 resident; 21 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 147 cumulative

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.




November 2000

Photo caption: A painting by the late Dr. Walt Massey hangs on the wall of the Pioneers Home dining room,. bringing smiles from home administrator Julie Smith and Massey’s son Brian and daughter-in-law Amy, the home’s dietary manager. The painting of early-day Sitka was done in 1971, the year Dr. Massey, an optometrist and artist, died. It originally hung in the Canoe Club and was given by the restaurant’s owner, Frank Richards, to local historian Joe Ashby, who gave it to the Pioneers Home.

November 1970

Photo  caption: Sitka High School band director James Hope receives a check for $2,000 from American Legion Post 13 Commander Carroll Kohler. The Legion had voted to contribute $1,000 for uniforms and the Auxiliary voted to match that amount. The check was presented at the Legion’s Veterans Day banquet.