Alroy DeAngelis (1954 - 2011)


Alroy E. DeAngelis, 56, died March 21, 2011, in Portland, OR after a courageous battle with multiple sclerosis. Alroy was born June 21, 1954 in Altoona, PA, and lived in Southeast Alaska (Juneau and Ketchikan) for nearly 20 years.

Surviving are his wife, Patti; children, Laughton and Sarah; his mother, Margaret; two brothers: Mike and Paul; two nieces: Tara and Caitlin, and sister-in-law, Cindy. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward; and a son, Ellery.

Alroy was a U.S. Navy SEAL during the Vietnam War, and his team worked on the Apollo-Soyuz space mission. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 24 years and was a master craftsman woodworker. Alroy was well known for his adventurous spirit and love of the outdoors. Throughout his life, he was a strong advocate for wilderness preservation and public access to trails in the Inyo and Tongass National Forests. His life passions were his family, his friends and Alaska.

Celebration of life hikes are planned on Mount Whitney in California and in Ketchikan, Alaska later this year.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 13 to Apr. 21, 2011