Jeffrey Gordon Day
Anchorage resident Jeffrey Gordon Day left our lives all too soon when his plane went down outside of Dillingham, Alaska on March 8, 2013. Jeff led his life with passion as a pilot, gifted musician, skilled carpenter, and outdoor enthusiast. But, most importantly, he was a loving husband, dedicated father, caring son and brother, and dear friend to many.
Jeff was born June 4, 1974 in Cincinnati, OH to Stan and Sandra Day, and as the younger brother of Debbie Day. He received his B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Business and English at Washington University in St Louis. Jeff
quickly became an avid traveler and explorer. He spent summers working in Denali National Park, participated in a NOLS course in Chile and Argentina, lived in Antarctica, and kayaked the length of the Inside Passage. Eventually, he settled in Juneau, where he was often found playing guitar, fiddle, or banjo within the music community. He met his wife Kelly in Juneau, and they were married on the edge of the water on a rare bluebird Juneau summer day. They eventually relocated to Anchorage and had two beautiful children, Talia and Zach, with whom Jeff was often found sharing his passions: taking them skiing, playing them music, and camping around the state. It was with his family, that Jeff seemed to shine the brightest.
In Anchorage, Jeff discovered a new passion for aviation. He often expressed his love of getting above the clouds and into the sun, flying about the Alaskan wilderness. He lost his life doing something he loved deeply.
Jeff will be remembered as a talented man with abundant energy, full of life, and with a gentle soul. He was loved and will be missed by many, but Jeff's light will continue to shine brightly in all of us.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 20 to Mar. 26, 2013