Perry Eldon "Pete" Stuart, 64, passed away from cancer peacefully Oct. 6, 2012, at home in Bellevue, Wash., surrounded by his family and friends.
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Pete was born March 28, 1948, in Wenatchee, Wash., to Clay Stuart and Freda (Johnson) Stuart.
In 1959, Pete moved with his family to Fairbanks, where he lived for the majority of his life. He was proud to call Alaska home.
In 1968, he graduated from the Alaska's Carpenter Apprenticeship Program, spending many years working locally as well as in Hawaii. He was noted for his fine finish carpentry skills and often was appointed job steward. He also worked on many notable construction projects with his stepfather, Jack Pruitt.
Pete was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, piloting his plane, gardening and working on cars with his son. He was an avid viewer of "Judge Judy," often halting other activities to watch.
He is survived by his ex-wife and best friend, Lesley Stuart; their children, Seth and Lacey Stuart, all of Bellevue, Wash.; sister, Neta Stilkey of Bigfork, Mont.; aunt, Frances Smith; nephew, Stuart Campbell; great-nephews, Wesley and Brandon Campbell, and Clay Easterling, and great-niece Sarah Easterling, all of Fairbanks. He is also survived by numerous cousins and many good friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and niece, Crystal Easterling.
A celebration of life will be held this summer in Fairbanks, details to be announced at a later date.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Oct. 9, 2012