Dan Fauske (1950 - 2017)

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The Dan Fauske celebration of life will take place from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Williwaw. One of his last requests was for us to have a party in his name and remember the good times, that's what we are going to do and all of you from Barrow to Anchorage, Iowa to Washington are welcome!
Daniel R. Fauske, 66, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Providence Hospital surrounded by family and friends after a battle with cancer.
Dan was born in Fargo, N.D., to Sigvald and Iylla Fauske. After high school, Dan was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict. Upon returning home, Dan moved to Barrow, Alaska, to take a construction job. He later started a fresh water delivery service, which he sold and returned to school to earn a master's degree in Business Administration from Gonzaga University. After graduation, he made his way back to Alaska, to serve as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for Alaska's North Slope Borough, where he launched an ambitious and ultimately successful capital plan to provide running water and sewer services to the villages throughout the Borough. After leaving the Borough in 1995, Dan moved his family to Anchorage, where he became the CEO/Executive Director of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC). During the 18 years that followed, Dan built AHFC with heart, intellect and a can do attitude and today it is one of the best housing finance corporations in the nation, trusted by Wall Street, legislators and Alaskans alike.
Dan's list of accomplishments is long and so is the number of people he befriended during his career because of his genuine and outgoing character. Former House Speaker Mike Chenault introduced House Bill 143 this legislative session to honor Dan's public service by naming AHFC headquarters at 4300 Boniface Parkway in Anchorage the Daniel R. Fauske Building. The bill passed both the House of Representatives and Senate unanimously. In a speech on the House floor shortly after Dan's passing, Mike said, "There are not many places across the state where Mr. Fauske is not thought of in a higher light. He was a great statesman and a great family man. Dan Fauske leaped tall buildings in a single bound. Like Superman, there was not a challenge he could not take on. He grew the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation into what it is today after it was on the brink of closure. He was a great Alaskan but more importantly a good man and friend."
Dan's survivors include his wife, Elaine; and adult children, D.J. (Gretchen), Scott (Danielle), Brad (Amy), Kathy and Marcie; as well as his brothers, David (Betty), Jim (Janice) and Paul (Christine); and many loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. His parents and his sister, Naomi, preceded him in death. Dan was a loving father, husband, grandfather, mentor and friend to all.
Dan's ashes will be laid to rest at the Anchorage Downtown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the of Alaska and the of Alaska are welcome.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from July 30 to July 31, 2017
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