John "Jackie" Larsen Jr.

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John "Jackie" Edward Larsen Jr., 63, died Oct. 14, 2010, at his home in Anchorage.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. A service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Alaska Native Heritage Center. Father Paul Merculief will officiate. Burial will take place after the service at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, 535 E. Ninth Ave. A reception will follow at Alaska Native Heritage Center, 8800 Heritage Drive.

Mr. Larsen was born Feb. 18, 1947, to John and Agnes Larsen. He was raised in King Cove until the age of 13, when he left home for Mt. Edgecumbe, where he graduated at the age of 17. During the summers, he was a commercial fisherman in King Cove.

He continued higher education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering. After college, Mr. Larsen spent 10 years working as an engineer and project manager for Arco, eight years in Alaska and two years in Denver, Colo., overseeing oilfield projects. He went on to work for various consulting firms, where he received his professional license to practice engineering and to craft his trade. In 1989, he was elected to The Aleut Corp. board and was appointed corporate president and CEO. After leaving TAC, he continued his work as an engineering consultant until 1993 when he formed Larsen Consulting Group, Inc. specializing in rural Alaska infrastructure projects. He was co-owner and CEO of the company.

Mr. Larsen served on the Alaska Federation of Natives board as representative for TAC, and was an early member of the Aleut League; he was president of Pacific Northwest Aleut Council in Seattle and was a member of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Agnes Larsen; siblings, Agnes Larsen Darnell, Nicholas and Elizabeth Larsen; and his nephew, Michael Kaneski; and his dog, Sunny.

He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Larsen; his daughters, Melissa, Danielle and Jacqueline Larsen; and stepchildren, Richard, Natasha (Reginald) and Xxavier; his sisters, Mary Ryan, May (Dr. Joe) Stuteville, Kathryn McKinnon, Edna (Ron) Huwe and Linda Larsen; grandchildren, Victoria, Jonathan, Tristan, Rose and Isabella; and step-grandchildren, Reginald, Dayvne, Josiah and Marsol; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and numerous friends.

Donations can be sent to King Cove Bible Chapel.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2010