Michael Howerton

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Mr. Michael Clem Howerton, 58, died Aug. 2, 2007, at his home in Girdwood.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at Anchorage City Church, 1301 W 100th Ave. Ron Adams will officiate. A potluck will be after the service.
Mr. Howerton was born Aug. 24, 1948, in Hutchinson, Kan.
He joined the U.S. Navy and served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a medic attached to the
U.S. Marines.
Mr. Howerton moved to Alaska in 1982 and made Girdwood his home.
During his career, he worked for many employers, including the Mono County Sheriff's Department in California, the Red Lodge Police Department in Montana, and Alaska's Genet Expeditions, Kuparuk on the North Slope and Phillips Cruises. He also worked at several automobile dealerships in California, Nevada and Alaska.
He attended Girdwood Christian Fellowship and, most recently, Valley Bible Chalet. A member of Girdwood Rotary and the Girdwood Volunteer Fire Department Board, he received many awards for service throughout his life.
His family wrote: "Mike was a quiet giver of himself. He loved people and served people in every profession at which he worked. The outdoors was his passion. He loved the Sierra, the Rockies and especially Alaska. Denali was 'his mountain' and the Kenai River was 'his river.' Mike loved fly-fishing and he spent as much time on the river as possible. He loved climbing, especially ice climbing, and taught many young folks how to safely enjoy the sport.
"Mike could 'tell a story' because he had lived so many wonderful adventures in so many exotic places. He was good at mixing little lessons in the telling so you could learn something if you listened. Slow of speech at times, you may have wanted to hurry him along; however, it was
always worth the wait to the end. His friends constantly encouraged him to write a book, but Mike never thought anyone would want to read it. During this life he belonged to diverse groups of working people: military, medical, law enforcement, mountaineering, search and rescue, oil patch,
automotive service, boat captains, and fly fishermen to name a few. Although he never considered himself a master of any one thing, he always gave 120 percent and enjoyed whatever he was doing at the time.
"Loved by his family and friends, he loved them back, perhaps without much vocal expression, but
always with deep feeling. He had an abiding faith in God and knew exactly where he would be when it was time to fold his tent and enter eternity. We have not lost him. We shall meet again when time has ended. We are better people because he loved us."
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carol Howerton of Girdwood; uncle, Fred Volker of Albuquerque, N.M.; cousins, nephews, nieces and a very large extended family of friends.
Mr. Howerton was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Mark S. Howerton.
Memorial donations may be sent to Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 230510, Anchorage 99523.
Arrangements are with Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Aug. 10, 2007