Earl Dominic Korynta (1943 - 2018)

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Earl Dominic Korynta, 74, passed away on Jan. 26, 2018, at Alaska Regional Hospital surrounded by family.
Earl Korynta was born on May 3, 1943, in Ardoch, N.D., to Dominic and Mae (Riske) Korynta. He grew up on his family's farm in North Dakota with his mother, father, six brothers and four sisters. He earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from University of North Dakota and his master's degree in engineering management from University of Alaska Anchorage. Earl married Kathleen (Karella) Korynta on Oct. 7, 1972, and they began their lives together in Anchorage, Alaska, where they raised their three boys.
Earl started his career working as a bridge and highway engineer for Los Angeles County. He moved to Alaska in 1965 and worked for the Alaska Department of Transportation as an airport engineer. In 1974, he became a founding member of what would become USKH Inc. As a past principal and president, he was instrumental in developing USKH into one of the largest multidisciplinary architecture/engineering firms in Alaska. His engineering career, spanning more than 50 years, had a significant impact on the state of Alaska's infrastructure. He was involved in the design of airports, cargo ports, housing developments, schools, subdivisions and numerous other projects throughout the state. Earl has many professional accolades, including Alaska Engineer of the Year and most recently ENR Northwest's 2017 Legacy Award. He was past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers – Alaska Section and was a founding member of the Alaska Professional Design Council. His professionalism, dedication and passion fostered his position as an industry leader, mentor and lasting influence.
Earl was also passionate about many things outside of his career. He developed his love of flying at an early age and became a private pilot during his studies at UND. He logged thousands of hours of flight time as a private pilot. He enjoyed the freedom associated with flying and used his piloting skills to travel throughout Alaska and North America. He loved spending time at his cabin, hunting, camping, golfing and, most notably, spending time with his family and friends.
Earl was a dedicated husband (of 45 years), brother, father, uncle and grandfather. He was a compassionate, humble and kind man who was truly devoted to his family. Earl's love for his wife, children and grandchildren was unequivocal and he relished every moment he was able to spend with them.
Earl was preceded in death by his father, Dominic Korynta; and his mother, Mae Korynta.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Korynta; three sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher and Tami, Kevin and Tracy, and Mark and Heather; and grandchildren, Paige, Ethan, Addysen, Rese and Asher. He is also survived by six brothers, Ray, Dale, Arnie, Dennis, Gene and Rick; and four sisters, Rullie, Marlene, Joy and Sheri. He also has many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.
A viewing will be held at 5 p.m., followed by a vigil at 6 p.m., on Feb. 15, 2018, at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 2901 Huffman Road in Anchorage. A funeral mass will be held on Feb. 17, 2018, at 11 a.m., at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. A Reception and Celebration of Life will be held at O'Malley's on the Green, 3651 O'Malley Road, immediately following the mass. Eulogies are welcome at the vigil and reception.
Earl's combination of intelligence, humility and compassion made him a truly unique man who touched the lives of many. His legacy will live on through the projects he created, the people he influenced and the family he raised.
Please visit www.AlaskanFuneral.com to leave online condolences.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 7, 2018