Jim Carlyle, 53, of Wasilla, was born on March 7, 1961 in Detroit, MI. He graduated from Bartlett High School in 1979. Jim built his career in repossession while raising three children. After 20+ years he made the switch to the oil fields where he was employed with CH2MHill. He was currently making the transition of fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a commercial pilot where he was accepted to fly for Hageland Aviation.
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Sabrina Carlyle, 48, of Wasilla, was born February 24, 1966 on Mtn Home AFB, Idaho. In 1973 her family was stationed at Elmendorf AFB where she fell in love with Alaska. As a military family, they were next stationed in Gwinn, MI. She graduated from Gwinn High School. She continued her education by attending UAA and earning her associates degree. Sabrina and her family never forgot the beauty of Alaska and she later returned to stay.
Jim and Sabrina's inseparable connection began in 1993 after being introduced to one another through a mutual friend. They moved to the valley in 1996 where they bought their first home. On September 6, 1996 they were married in Las Vegas which brought their children together to make a family of 7.
During their life together they enjoyed many hobbies. They loved riding their Harley's, flying their Cessna 170, hunting, fishing, and camping in the RV. They were members of "Alaska H.O.G #66" and Church on the Rock in Wasilla, AK. One of their greatest joys was becoming grandparents to 4 wonderful grandchildren and never hesitated to tell the world how proud they were.
Jim and Sabrina lost their lives together due to a motorcycle accident in Palmer, AK on May 3, 2014.
Jim and Sabrina touched the lives of many and loved everyone they encountered.
Mom and Dad you will truly be missed!
Jim and Sabrina are survived by: 5 children- Jason, Kory and Marshall(Dakota), Kyle, and Kayla
4 grandchildren- Jessika, Hezekiah, Brayella, and Uriah along with nieces and nephews
Jim's Siblings- sister, Diana and brother, Rick(Melinda) Carlyle
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Carole Carlye
Sabrina's siblings- Sean(Cori)Barber and Shane(Heather) Barber
Parents- LeRoy and Jean Barber
Sabrina is preceded in death by grandparents: Mike(Leah) Shaffstall / Andrew(Esther) Meeker
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 12 noon at the Church on the Rock, 3571 W Machen Rd off the Parks Highway in Wasilla.
A potluck Celebration of Life will be held following the services at 4:00 p.m. at the Denali Harley-Davidson in Wasilla, off Parks Hwy and Hyer Rd. Donations may be made to the "Carlyle Funeral Fund" at any Wells Fargo branch. Valley funeral Home, Wasilla Chapel, is caring for arrangements.
Valley Funeral Home & Crematory
151 East Herning Avenue Wasilla, AK 99654
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from May 14 to May 15, 2014