Carroll Kompkoff

Obituary
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Beloved elder and community leader Carroll Mike Kompkoff died at Providence Valdez Medical Center on April 29, 2009. He was 83. Visitation will be at 4 p.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage, with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. at The Tatitlek Corp., 561 E. 36th Ave. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Nicholas Church in Tatitlek, with the Rev. Alexei Knagin officiating. Carroll was born March 20, 1926, in Chenega to Mike and Mary Kompkoff. He was the third of five children. He moved to Tatitlek as a child, and his parents preceded him in death before he was 14. Carroll fished commercially all his life, starting as captain of his own boat at age 15. During World War II, he served in the Merchant Marines. He later told his children and grandchildren stories about traveling to London, England, and to the Panama Canal. Carroll returned to Tatitlek, where he married Mabel Barbara Allen on July 4, 1947. Carroll and Mabel had eight children. Devout members of St. Nicholas Church in Tatitlek and St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cordova, they were godparents to dozens of children in the Prince William Sound region, keeping in touch with those in their hometown, and writing and receiving letters from others as they moved away. Carroll's home was a gathering place for celebrations and dinners, such as Russian Christmas. Carroll and his family moved in 1966 to Cordova, where his children attended high school. He valued education, encouraging his children and grandchildren to complete high school and attend college. Carroll fished commercially with his sons, Gary and Caleb, in Prince William Sound. He retired in 1998. He was well-known in the fishing community and was considered a good carpenter. An avid subsistence hunter and fisherman, he always shared his subsistence foods with family and friends. Carroll served on the board of Chugach Alaska Corp. from 1975 to 1978. He was elected to The Tatitlek Corp. board of directors in 1991, serving as vice president from 1991 to 1993 and as president from 1993 to 2006. He was also a director on the Copper Mountain Foundation board from 1993 to 2006. Carroll is survived by his children, Michael "Jug" (Jennifer) Kompkoff of Valdez, Gene (Jeanette) Kompkoff of Keizer, Ore., Andrea "Girlo" (Nils) Olson of Japan, Sylvia (Garry) Purvis of Ahoskie, N.C., Phyllis (Bob) Sanford of Valdez, and Caleb (Becki) Kompkoff of Valdez; 23 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; his children, Caroline and Gary; and grandchildren, Kristopher and Kelly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building Fund, St. Michael the Archangel Church, P.O. Box 1974, Cordova 99574. Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel

Published in Anchorage Daily News from May 2 to May 3, 2009