Jeff Dusenbury, age 51, passed away on July 19, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska while doing what he loved: biking. Jeff was born on November 29, 1962 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Nathan Holder and Sue Holder Dusenbury. Jeff moved to Alaska as a teenager when his father was stationed at Elmendorf AFB. He graduated from West High in Anchorage in 1981 and served in the Navy from 1981 to 1984. In 1987 he married Melissa Childress, and in 1991 their daughter Madisen Sidney was born. Jeff started his 21-year career with Food Services of America (FSA) in March of 1993 in a position of sales/delivery for the Seward area. Soon after, he took over the territory from Anchorage to Girdwood and rapidly became one of the most respected and knowledgeable sales associates within the company. He loved his customers and had a unique way of making each one of them feel as though they were the only one that mattered. It seems there wasn't a chef in Anchorage with whom he hadn't worked at some point in his career. He achieved the company's highest honor, Circle of Stars, six times, a feat that is difficult to repeat twice. His enthusiasm for his customers, his job, and his colleagues spilled over the entire company, and he was very proud to be called JEFFSA. For all the success at his work, Jeff's true passion was cycling. Whether it be an epic fat-bike ride on winter trails, the Soggy Bottom 100-mile mud fest, or racing with his Pipsport Chain Reaction team, Jeff was always out there in his element. His dedication to the Anchorage cycling community was evident in his tireless support of riding events. Jeff was a positive role model for kids and beginners alike and was the epitome of cycling safety. His positive influence extended well beyond cycling in the form of his genuine kind personality and an infectious smile that made anyone who encountered him glad to be his friend. Jeff measured his life based on joy from his wife and daughter, the adventures he took and the friends he made. He will be missed by many. Jeff is survived by his wife of 27 years, Melissa Holder; his daughter Madisen Holder-Dusenbury; his mother Sue Dusenbury and stepfather Charles Dusenbury; stepmother Linda Holder; his sister Amy Hickman; his brother Cory Dusenbury and his extended family of in-laws, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father Nathan Holder. A memorial service will be held at ChangePoint at 6 pm on Thursday July 24 (6889 ChangePoint Drive). All who knew him - and there are so many - are invited to join his family and friends. A reception will immediately follow from 7 pm to 10 pm at O'Malley's on the Green (3651 O'Malley Road). Given potential parking constraints at O'Malley's, please carpool as much as possible, or bike if desired. In lieu of flowers, Jeff's family requests donations be made to Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska in his memory.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News on July 23, 2014