Edward Martin Dokoozian, was the son of Martin Toros Dokoozian and Leonie Libarian Dokoozian. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 14, 1927, and died in Anchorage, Alaska on June 1, 2014.
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Before his passing on Sunday, June 1, Edward Dokoozian lived almost 87 years of a full and happy life of laughter, generosity, compassion, and wisdom. Ed sang and whistled while he worked for most of his life.
Ed entered the Marine Corps at 17, and served on the USS Midway carrier during WWII.
During nursing school, Ed met and married Nancy Watts and together they planned an "interesting life". Their first venture was north to Alaska in 1954 to work at Mt. Edgecombe Hospital. This was the beginning of Ed's love for adventures in the Alaska wilderness.
Ed and Nancy had three children: Jim, Lisa and Lyn. The family traveled the world for his work as a safety engineer, building dams and other heavy construction projects. They spent years in Iran where Ed hunted and lived with nomadic tribes and made many lifelong friends, and in Vietnam, where he worked in both Saigon and DaNang, contributing to the buildup of bases for the armed forces. The family lived in many parts of the lower 48 including California, Idaho, Massachusetts, Alabama and Texas, but Alaska was always "home". Ed chose Anchorage as the place to settle for good in 1994. He worked remotely on the North Warning sites and the Yukon "Top Gun" mountain training facility, among other projects.
Ed loved the outdoors, enjoying mountains, glaciers, arctic weather and desert heat, always with a big grin on his face whatever the weather. He could be counted on to come through in truly tough situations. He never failed to be there with whole heart for his family and friends when they needed him.
His marching in the driveway while practicing the bagpipes brought smiles to the faces of many neighbors. He especially liked the song Amazing Grace, which will be played at his memorial this Saturday. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army Center for Kids, www.salvationarmyalaska.org, in memory of Ed's lifelong love and caring for children.
Ed accepted each person he met from any culture or background as an equal to be respected and enjoyed. He had friends from all walks of life all over the world.
Ed's children learned how to enjoy the world from his positive, non-judgmental way of living. They loved him dearly and will keep him in their hearts. He was a wonderful husband, provider, father, and a lot of fun.
Ed took his fashion sense from no one, especially in his later years, once finding a prize pair of pants by the side of the road which he proudly wore for years.
Ed dearly loved his wife Nancy, who was always first on his mind. They were strong partners through life's many adventures. He loved his three children, their spouses and his grandkids: Jim (Pine) Dokoozian, wife Dency and children Emily and Morgan; Melissa (Lisa) Dokoozian, husband Ruben; Carolyn (Lyn) Dokoozian, husband Cary and children Cierra, Chris and Connor.
A celebration of Ed's life will be held at 2 p.m., this Saturday at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel, 440 East Klatt, one block west of Old Seward located on Angeles Memorial Park Cemetery.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from June 5 to June 6, 2014
Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel
440 E. Klatt Road Anchorage, AK 99515