Grant Preston Minkler, 31, of Fairbanks, died Feb. 18, 2013, at his home.
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Grant was born in Walla Walla, Wash., on Oct. 28, 1981, to David and Barbara Minkler. Upon graduating high school in Oregon, Grant came directly to Alaska and worked in Valdez at a fish processing plant.
He enjoyed the beautiful scenery and small-town feel of Fairbanks. He married Krystal Rae Bond in Homer on Aug. 4, 2007, and they had one son, Connor.
Grant worked for Bucher Glass as a glazier since 2005.
His family says, "The loss of Grant, as a husband, father, brother and son, is a tragedy that we will all feel for a long time. Our fond memories of him will make us smile during this terribly sad time."
He is survived by his wife, Krystal Rae Minker, of North Pole; son, Connor Aiden Minkler, of North Pole; sister, Jonie Minkler, of Everett, Wash.; brother, Tony Minkler, of Enterprise, Ala.; father, David Minkler, of Pendleton, Ore.; mother, Barbara Brown of Walla Walla, Wash.; uncles, John Minkler, of Spirit Lake, Idaho, Jim Minkler of Spokane, Wash.; and numerous family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Esther Minkler, and grandfather, John Minkler.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Feb. 23, 2013