Wayne L. Black (1941 - 2017)

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Longtime Alaska resident Wayne L. Black passed away peacefully on Oct. 24, 2017. Wayne was born on March 18, 1941, in Grand Rapids, Minn., to Bernard and Ellen Black. From them he learned a love for the outdoors and became an avid hunter and fisherman.
In his school days he lettered in wrestling and played hockey, graduating from Grand Rapids High School in 1959. After a year of college, he enlisted in the army serving in Vietnam as an Intelligence Specialist. Upon returning home, he attended Itasca Junior College and Bemidji State College, where he graduated with degrees in psychology and business. He continued his education at North Dakota State University, where he earned a master's degree in counseling and guidance while working for the Minnesota Department of Education as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
In 1970, he married Lynn Griep and moved to Juneau, Alaska, working for the State of Alaska. In 1972, his son Christopher Black was born and they moved to Anchorage, Alaska, soon after. In Anchorage, he built a house near Jewel Lake, by hand, from foundation to roof. In early 1979, he began selling real estate for Century 21 and soon after obtained his realtors license and began his own company, Big Dipper Real Estate. As the economy slowed in the late 1980s, he went to work for Southcentral Counseling and later for the State of Alaska Vocational Rehabilitation, where he retired in 1998. After retirement, he split his time between his house in Anchor Point and traveling around the Lower 48 in a motorhome.
Wayne was a dedicated father and grandfather and a friend to anyone who met him. As well as his love of the outdoors and traveling, he was an avid gardener.
He is survived by one son, Chris Black; and two grandchildren, Piper Black and Nick Black, all of Anchorage.
Wayne was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Black; mother, Ellen Black; and sisters, Darlene Mackenthun and Joan Black.
A memorial service is planned for the spring, when many of his friends return to the state.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, 2017
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