Aaron Alto

  • "I would just like to say Mr. Arron Michael Alto, there has..."
    - Santino Lazzarotto
  • "Alto Family, It has been a few years since Aaron's..."
    - Noah
  • "We will always "be cool friends" just as you said. Thought..."
    - Kia Castillo
  • "Aaron was my roommate when he moved to Portland, Oregon. I..."
    - Sierra Laurent
  • "Sandee, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your..."
    - Mary Ellen Riley

Aaron Michael Alto passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2011, as the result of an injury sustained on Thursday, September 22, 2011. Aaron was born on February 6, 1989 to Bud and Sandee Alto in Anchorage. He graduated from South Anchorage High School in December, 2006. He was a small business owner, an expert snowmachine rider and a great hockey player. Aaron began his hockey career at the age of three and continued playing hockey with the, Alaska North Stars, Chugiak Blue Devils and South Central Wolves. He played two years of junior hockey with the River City Jaguars in Portland Oregon and one year with the Bobcaygeon Bucks in Ontario, Canada. He was dedicated to the sport and worked hard to hone his skills toward the ultimate goal of becoming a professional hockey player, which he achieved this season with the Danbury Whalers in Connecticut.

Aaron's other passion included snow machining, where he competed for several years in snow cross races with the Alaska Motor Mushers, garnering several 1st place finishes. He enjoyed fishing, flying and spending time at the family cabin at Crystal Lake in Willow.

Aaron's last success was as an organ donor through Life Alaska saving the lives of numerous individuals. He will be remembered by all of the people whose lives he touched as a strong determined loving young man who was always there to help.

In addition to his parents, Aaron is survived by his sister, Kaitlin Alto of Portland; the love of his life, Kestly, grandmother, Adelheid Alto of Los Angeles, aunts Karen Parker and Susan Peach;uncles Jeffrey and Michael Nelson, cousins Eugenia,Megan, Shannon, Katherine, William and Hunter. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Victor Alto, and Layton Nelson, grandmother Phyllis Nelson, and his uncle Brad Peach.

A celebration of Aaron's life will be held on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm at the Subway Sports Center in south Anchorage. A gathering will be held in the Blueline Club upstairs following the ceremony. The ice will be available for anyone to skate in remembrance of Aaron until 4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Life Alaska Donor Services, 235 E. 8th Avenue, Ste 100, Anchorage, AK 99501.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 27 to Sept. 28, 2011