Mike Zacharof

  • "I miss you so much papa I cry reading adopt you"
    - Kadyn Zacharof
  • "Kadyn"
    - Kadyn Zacharof
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    - Anita Zacharof
  • "Love you my Daddy :) prayers for us all here on earth!!!! I..."
    - Anita Zacharof
  • "love you grandpa"
    - shunlata smith

Mike Zacharof, the "King of the Aleuts", was born January 24, 1941 and returned to his father June 14, 2014, at the age of 73. Mike was a family man, a leader of Saint Paul, and an advocate for all Tribal people.

His wife Julie, said that Mike was "My best friend, the love of my life, the rock that held the family together, he wore his heart on his sleeve and was always willing to help his people. He would give them the shirt off his back. He had the most beautiful smile that melted my heart, eyes filled with love for me, his wife. He was my Elvis."

He will always be remembered as a loving Husband, A loving Father, A loving Brother, Uncle, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and a Leader with a vision to empower the Aleut People. He passed down his ideals and beliefs to the beautiful family that he loved with all his heart. A Father who insisted his children to always respect community members, to love your family with compassion, family is the strongest bond so keep them close, trust in them and always forgive, that is what Love is. He started working at a young age and worked until the day that he passed away.

He encouraged his children to be anything they wanted to be in this world, to respect their elders and to use their voices to speak for themselves. His children loved him with honor, for the sword that he carried for them while serving his country in the National Guard. He told his family, "Love is the key to the world. Always forgive so your heart won't be heavy. Never give up." His family says that they "love and appreciate that he sacrificed his time for our people." He taught his children to be independent and to never depend on anyone but themselves, to love truly, to be wise and to be grateful, for gratefulness brings us together again and again. He always told his children, "Your mom is strong, but it takes two to be strong enough to fight and hold on to the most beautiful gift God has given to us and that is the gift of love."

He will be remembered for his humor, often saying "hey there!", with a smile that would light up the room. He would always start a meeting by saying "Let's make this short and sweet like me".

Mike was a Dental Assistant 1960 -1966; Policeman 1966 - 1967; a Power Plant Operator, Foreman for the Fur Seal Harvest; Member of the Army National Guard; President Tanadgusix Corporation; President of the Aleut Corporation; Tribal President; Mayor of the City of St. Paul Island; President of the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association 1978-1981; Station Manager for Reeve Aleutian Airways; Station Manager at Adak PenAir; Director of RuRal Cap from 1981-1983. He was a Mechanic, Truck Driver, Crane Operator, Volunteer Fire Fighter/EMT, Director of the Aleut Foundation, and an Honorary Tribal Judge. He was awarded the Jack White Crow Award from the National Indian Health Board.

Mike was a leader who incorporated the City of Saint Paul, and the Tanadgusix Corporation in 1971. He negotiated in Washington DC to fight for the Aleut People who were evacuated to concentration camps during World War II, fought for the creation of the St. Paul Island Harbor, breakwater and airport.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Nikolai and Sophia Steptin; his daughter, Marva; his grandson James; and his Great-Grandsons, Connor Isaac, Kanuux, Nicolai.

Mike is survived by his loving wife Julie; his brothers, Nick and Honea; and his children, Richard and Macrina, Sophia and Steve, Dino and Susie, Bea and Chuck, Anita and Bryan, Dion, Galena, Esther and Mike, Peter, and Jonathan and Deanna. He is survived by his Grandchildren, Dimitri and Olga, Dino Jr., Jesse, Yvonne, Monique, Sophia, Jared, Iuliana, Veronica, Michelle, Andrew, Samantha, Chelsea, Maxim, Bryan, Monica and Bob, Jena, Chazz, Edgar, Christopher, Michael, Matt, Josh, Damon, and Shane, Jonathan, David, Skylar, Taughney, Zack, and Fawn; Great-Grandchildren, Preston, Courtney, Luke, Kira, Brittney, Pierce, Chloe, Kylie, Vladimir, Sasha, Brad, Nikolai, Alexia, Caleb, Ronan, Serena, Kadyn, Glael, Gabriel, Gabriela, Byron, Shunlata and Katana.

A public visitation will be held Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at 12:00 p.m., at St. Innocent's Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 401 Turpin St. A panikhida service will follow at 1:00 p.m. The funeral service and burial will be in Saint Paul, at the Saint Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, on Friday, June 20, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, family members are accepting donations to support funeral and travel costs at Wells Fargo, account number 6247339697.

"God is great" -Mike Zacharof

Arrangements are with Janssen Funeral Homes.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 17 to June 18, 2014