Owen James McLaughlin passed away at his home in Anchorage, AK on December 11. Owen was born in Bridgton, ME on September 13, 1983 to Dan and Vicki McLaughlin. He grew up in Fryeburg Harbor, ME and enjoyed every activity Maine had to offer. He loved to hunt, ski, camp, and explore the woods around his home. He attended Fryeburg Academy until 1998 when his family moved to Florida. He graduated high school from the Academy at Sandestin in 2001. He enlisted in the Air Force shortly after and was stationed at Peterson AFB, CO where he met and married his wife, Marian, also in the Air Force. They had two children during their time there. Owen separated from the Air Force in 2004. In 2010 the family was moved to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage. During his time in Colorado and Alaska, Owen continued to enjoy the outdoors, a passion he passed along to his children.
Owen is preceded in death by his father, Daniel, who passed away in 2012 and his brother, Daniel Jr. who passed away in 2013. He is survived by his wife, Marian; his two sons, Conner, 7 and Keagan, 5; his mother, Vicki McLaughlin of Basin Bayou, FL; his sister, Erin McLaughlin and her partner, Anthony Cavazos of San Francisco, CA; his grandmothers, Mary McLaughlin of Lovell, ME and Doris Render of West Des Moines, IA; along with brothers and sisters in-law, dozens of aunts, uncles, cousins, a niece and nephews.
A funeral mass will be held on April 5th, 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Fryeburg, ME with a burial immediately following. The church will host a celebration of Owen's life after the burial.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his honor to the American Society of Suicide Prevention by visiting the following site: http://afsp.donordrive.com/campaign/owenmclaughlin.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2014