Randall Derril Bergt (1957 - 2017)

Obituary
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Randy Bergt made his last ski turns with friends in the Talkeetna Mountains near Hatcher's Pass on Nov. 22, 2017. His life ended the way it began, surrounded by the beauty of Alaska.
Randy was born on Jan. 30, 1957, to Ronald and LeNelle Bergt at St. Joseph's Hospital in Fairbanks, Alaska. His love of the outdoors was soon evident, and his mom LeNelle observed ""if I hadn't been there, I would have thought he was born on skis."" Raised in Anchorage around many of the pioneers of Alaskan aviation, Randy enjoyed many opportunities to explore the wilds of Alaska. He graduated from Dimond High School in 1975, and later received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
It was at UAF that Randy met the love of his life, Tasha. They married on the River Boat Discovery in Fairbanks and spent nearly four decades sharing their passion for outdoor adventure. During their early years together, most summers were spent split between enjoying their cabin on Farmers Loop, and construction jobs across Alaska, where Randy gained skills in project management that he would use throughout his life. Most winters were spent in Alta, Utah, where Randy took great pride serving on the Alta Ski Patrol. Another highlight of their life during this time was rowing for Glacier Raft Company in Montana. In later years, Randy and Tasha would guide together in the Brooks Range for Wilderness Alaska; travel abroad to New Zealand, Australia and Europe; and maintain strong ties to Hawaii, where Tasha grew up. But one of their favorite places remained close to home: the Thompson family homestead on the Tanana River near Fairbanks, where they helped Tasha's parents with their many projects.
When Randy and Tasha eventually settled in Anchorage, they became entrenched in the Alpine and Nordic skiing communities. At first they worked weekends for the Ski Patrol and Ski School at Alyeska. Then they began coaching for the Anchorage Junior Nordic League, where they guided the same group of kids for many years, culminating with coaching the powerhouse Service High School Boys and Girls Ski Teams in the 1990s. Ever since, they have volunteered regularly for outdoor events, giving generously of their time and expertise. Randy was beloved by many for his kind encouragement and inspiration to others, and is remembered fondly as a pillar of the Nordic skiing community.
In his work life, Randy also had a passion for getting people moving - literally. He was instrumental in developing transit and transit-to-trail systems throughout Anchorage during his 20-year career in transportation, which included work for HDR Engineering and culminated as project manager for Anchorage People Mover. Randy believed that integrating pedestrian and bike friendly routes into our transportation systems helped improve the health of our community, and he was able to implement this philosophy through his work. His coworkers considered Randy's commitment to transit-to-trail access an absolute obsession and were impressed that he biked to work almost every day. He loved the friends he made on our city's trails.
Randy's many other interests included a passion for aviation, a love for music, and a huge heart for animals. He earned his private pilots license at 19, and flew commercially for a few years in the 1990s. Playing the guitar with friends while drinking a good beer was one of his favorite pastimes. He spoke to the wildlife and birds he encountered on his outdoor explorations as if they were family, and adored spending time with his kitties, Oscar and Marley, or playing fetch with his buddy Babe.
Randy is survived by his mother, LeNelle; siblings, Charie (Ron) and Steve (Lisa); brother-in-law, Doug; and many aunts and uncles. He is also survived by his wife, Tasha; her mother, Dorothy; siblings, Leif (Claudi) and Kiana; and sister-in-law, Svetlana. He especially loved his nieces and nephews: Amy, Matt, Brad, Erik, Kris, Steven, Heidi, Kevin, Shayla, Sophia and Alya. Randy was preceded in death by his father, Ron; sister, Traci; father-in-law, Lane; and brother-in-law, Yancey.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Kincaid Chalet on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, beginning at 6 p.m. Feel free to come in your ski sweater, hat or Alaska wear, and be sure to bring your favorite memories.
The family would be honored by contributions in Randy's memory to the following organizations: Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage; Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center; Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center; Friends of Pets; or Alaska Humane Society.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 3, 2017