A remembrance memorial for Jeffery H. McKnight, also known as Jeff "Jeffro" Martin during his school years, is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013. Please join Jeff's family and friends at 1392 Sixth Ave., in Fairbanks.
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Jeffery H. McKnight went to ride with the angels on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
Jeff was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., and raised in Fairbanks. He loved to hunt moose, fish for salmon, go on subsistence hunts with his Alaska Native friends and run wild around town.
He worked with the carpenters union helping create and re-create many homes, buildings, casinos and other projects wherever he lived. He first learned the carpenter's trade in Alaska with his stepfather, Dick Pusti.
Alaskans respect and love the outdoors, and Jeff was no different. No matter where he lived, he loved to be outside riding his Harleys, jet skiing or having parties around his pool at home.
From Alaska, he turned to Hawaii and seeing the birth of his son, Taylor.
Progression of his career brought Jeff to Seattle. There he created coffee carts and had several of them throughout the town while working construction.
Following the work, Jeff went to Las Vegas and fell in love with the place.
Riding his Harleys year-round, with little or no rain, was his passion. He especially loved the River Run in Laughlin, camping by the river and partying with new and old friends. Jeff made friends as easily as water runs downhill and he stood beside them faithfully.
We will miss Jeff's laughter, bawdy jokes and larger-than-life presence.
Whether racing motorcycles at age 13, creating a business or giving a helping hand to a neighbor in need, Jeff could be depended on to see it through.
Jeff is preceded in death by his father, William C. McKnight; and stepfathers, Johnny F. Martin and Richard J. Pusti.
He is survived by his mother, Judith L. Pusti; son, Jeffery Taylor Harrison McKnight; his son's mom, Tracey Lucas; long lost daughter, Kayla Matthews; brothers, William D. McKnight, Johny F. Martin; nieces, Rebecca M. McKnight and Renee D. Martin; and nephew, Jonathan B. Martin.
Published in Daily News-Miner on June 12, 2013