Forrest P. May (1956 - 2018)

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  • "So sad to hear about this. Beth and I have great memories..."
    - Tom and Beth Lane
  • "Memory eternal, Forrest. Peace be with you, Cheryl"
    - Mikan
  • "A fixture on the UA ski trails when I was learning to ski..."
    - Fred Pratt
  • "Cheryl, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for..."
    - Bettie Emerson
  • "Forrest was such a great guy and I remember when you two..."
    - Jessica Leavitt
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Longtime Alaskan Forrest P. May died on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at a nursing home in Kenora, Ontario, Canada, after a torturous battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 61.
The youngest of five children, Forrest May was born on Aug. 3, 1956, in St. Joseph's Hospital to Charles P. and Hilda I. May. His family had come into town from its homestead on Chena Hot Springs Road for his birth.
Athletics were Forrest's main pursuit through grade school and high school – he graduated in 1974 from Lathrop - and there wasn't a ski race or foot race that Forrest didn't enter. He drew the line at triathlons after a plunge into a cold lake in Anchorage, Alaska.
He skied for the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1974 to about 1976. In early 1980, he did a walk-on tryout for the U.S. cross-country ski team. He also skied at least one Birkebeiner in Wisconsin. To him it was about his effort and the pleasure of meeting his competitors. He also was an avid bicyclist.
Forrest worked as an auto mechanic in Anchorage. He married Cheryl Landry Turner, of Kenora, in Anchorage in late 1995. They moved to Keewatin, a hamlet outside Kenora, in about 2007, so Cheryl could be close to her family. ALS symptoms began coming on about three years ago. Forrest was put in the nursing home this past spring. He will be buried in Kenora,
Survivors include his pet cat, Boopsy; his wife of 22 years, Cheryl; a brother and sister of Fairbanks, Peter and Marian; a sister, Emily Milas of Greer, S.C.; and a sister, Liisa May of Commack, N.Y.; as well as nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial for friends and family in the spring or summer in Fairbanks. There are no specific plans yet, but carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting, a favorite of Forrest's, will be served.
Forrest's brothers and sisters suggest donations in Forrest's name to reputable ALS efforts or animal rescue organizations. Forrest May liked dogs and loved cats.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2018
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