My father was and still is a professionally skilled in all aspects of life. His life is a perfect example of the American spirit. My father grew up in poverty and through ambition, determination and the willingness for a better life he prospered. During his endeavors he never forgot the value of family, friends and always respected others. For my father is truly a kind soul. He was respected and appreciated by the communities of Southeast Alaska and everyone who he had briefly met during his various travels. He always looked for ways to improve the community by building the infrastructure (such as Hospitals, Correctional Facilities, Schools, Harbors, Juneau Bridge, Colleges and other structures to name a few), Southeast Alaska and developing the communities he resided in. I personally feel the world will not be the same without him. For I miss his company and the sound of his voice. His loving son.