Jay Clifford Hudson of Hudson Air Service died Dec. 2, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer at Alaska Native Medical Center. He was 52.
A funeral in memory of Jay will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Rock in Talkeetna, followed by a graveside service at the Talkeetna Cemetery.
The oldest of four children, he was born Sept. 16, 1957, in Palmer.
He was raised in Talkeetna and graduated from Susitna Valley High.
His family wrote: "He was the first newspaper boy, and learned to fly from his father's lap. He soloed at the age of 16, the youngest at that time in the state of Alaska.
"From a pioneering family of Alaskan Bush pilots, Jay became well-known and highly respected throughout the flying world. He participated in many Denali mountain rescues and was awarded for his services, his safety, and his concern for those in need.
"He will be sadly missed by his family, his friends and the large community of climbers and pilots whose lives he touched."
He leaves his father, Cliff; his mother, Ollie; three brothers, Bruce, Chuck and Scott; and his two precious sons, Dustin and Clifford, whom he loved dearly. He also leaves his uncles, Allan Dahl, Dusty Robson, and many cousins.
Arrangements are with Valley Funeral Home and Crematory.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, 2009