Kevin Monagle (1957 - 2012)

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Kevin Monagle passed away in the early morning hours of September 4th after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Kevin was born in Juneau, Alaska on December 5, 1957 to John and Helen Monagle. Kevin was the third of six Monagle children. Being a son of a state trooper, Kevin lived all over the state. In 1968 Kevin and his family moved to Sitka, Alaska where he graduated in 1976 from Sitka High School. Kevin excelled in sports and was part of several teams including baseball, basketball, and track. Kevin started college at the University of Hawaii at Hilo where he played baseball for two years and then transferred to Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. Kevin also spent time studying at Upsalla University in Sweden. Kevin graduated from Humboldt State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries.
After college Kevin moved back to Alaska and worked for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Kevin started working for Fish and Game in the late 70's as a fish tech when he was in college and was working as the Juneau Area Management biologist up until his death. He worked in commercial, subsistence, and personal use for salmon, herring, shrimp and various shellfish. He also participated in flying surveys and doing scientific survey dives for herring, geoduck, sea urchin, and sea cucumber. Kevin will be remembered by his co-workers for his professionalism, positive attitude, and sense of humor. Kevin loved his job and viewed his colleagues as family. Kevin also worked for DIPAC for many years.
In 1998 Kevin met the love of his life, Becky Robertson. Becky and Kevin were married in 2005. The two packed a lot into their time together. They traveled the world and had numerous ski adventures in Oregon, Montana, Canada, and were regulars at Eaglecrest. Kevin had a large, extended family who loved him very much. He would mesmerize friends and family with his wonderful storytelling and humor.
Kevin was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, skier and loved hiking, boating, scuba diving, and traveling with his wife. Perhaps the best way to wrap this up is with Kevin's own words. "I want everyone to know that I feel very, very fortunate that the last 15 years or so have been the happiest of my life, mostly because of Becky. She has been the best thing to ever happen to me. And I have held a job, that for me, has been a passion and a joy. I've been in just about every nook and cranny above and below the water in Southeast Alaska. How lucky I've been to experience God's creation all over the planet but especially here."
A celebration of life will be held in Ballroom #3 at Centennial Hall on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 4-7. Donations may be made to Cancer Connection of Juneau.


Published in The Juneau Empire from Sept. 6 to Oct. 5, 2012
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