James D. Babb Jr. (1937 - 2016)

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James Dunnington Babb Jr., 78, passed away on June 4, 2016. A service will be held on July 28, 2016, (marking James' 20th year of sobriety) at 4 p.m. at the Holy Family Cathedral, 800 West 5th Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska. Deacon Felix Maguire will officiate the service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Brother Francis Shelter, 1021 East 3rd avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501; or Alaska Literacy Program, 1345 Rudakof Circle, Suite 104, Anchorage, AK 99508. James was born on Aug. 29, 1937, in Boston, Mass. He moved to Kodiak, Alaska, in 1946, when his father was stationed there as a Naval officer. James served in the Navy as well from 1955-1958. He graduated from George Washington University with a bachelors degree in International Economics and Politics. James also received his juris doctor degree from University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University). James was employed with the C.I.A. in Washington, D.C., the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, the Institute of Social, Economic & Government Research, the Anchorage Daily News (where he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976), the AEIDC and the Tundra Times. James also worked as an attorney at his own law firm in Anchorage until his retirement in 2014. James also was a passionate AA sponsor. He loved being with his kids and grandkids, watching them play soccer and being in their lives (trials, performances, ceremonies, games, celebrations). He was an avid reader, political junkie and gourmet cook (and eater). He loved music, movies, dance and theater. He was a devoted husband of 54 years, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend. He was a very sensitive, perceptive and thoughtful man. He admired kindness, generosity and curiosity and paid no attention to a person's wealth, education or vices, instead focusing on the goodness they had to share. James is survived by wife of 54 years, Bonny Lynn Redhead; sons, Brendan and Dunnington; daughter, Caitlin Martindale; son-in-law, David Martindale; daughters-in-law, Megan Ledger and Samantha Cherot; grandchildren, Penelope, Charlie and Quincy Martindale; sister, Regan Morse; brother, Roger (Rocky) Babb; nephews, Zach (Melisa) Babb, Dudley Babb and Macker (Teresa) Babb; niece, Shannon (Ian) Boulton; grandnephew, Marshall Babb; and grandniece, Madeline Babb; along with numerous other family members across the country. Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on June 9, 2016
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