Arthur A. Church Jr. (1956 - 2017)

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A good man left this earth on Nov. 7, 2017, and moved on to his next adventure in the next world and to be with his son, David Church.
Arthur A. Church Jr. was 61 years old, and was born in Seattle, Wash. He came to Alaska in 1975, and in 1985 married the love of his life, Bonnie. Together they raised an amazing son David, encouraging each others' passions and dreamers attitudes.
Art was a man that lived his life to the fullest-strong willed, with a huge and warm heart. He dropped everything to help his neighbors in time of need. He always had a "can do" full steam ahead attitude!
Art ran the Iditarod race five times, which was the highlight of his life! He continued to participate with the Iditarod as a race judge until 2015. He loved his dogs and could relate to them more than his people. He loved training and the bond he earned with his dogs.
Art engineered innovative sled designs and built sleds for many mushers. He ran teams for Susan Butcher, Martin Buser, DeeDee Jonrowe and Vern Halter. He has had many careers, including: creative rock and concrete construction, commercial fishing and a successful trucking business. He was an avid horticulturist and enjoyed growing a wide variety of plants. Art was very talented and resourceful; he could build and fix anything. Art loved his family and talked to his Dad and Mom everyday on the phone.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Church; parents, Arthur and Yvonne Church of Wasilla, Alaska; his sisters, Anita Aderhold and Susan Lowenstein; brother, Barney Church; and many cousins, in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, all who adored him. Losing his only son in 2011 was his biggest challenge in this life. He was an amazing man that was "soft as butter, but tough as nails" and gave his wife a life of adventure and passion. He will be gravely missed by many. Rest in peace, Art.
Come Celebrate the Adventurous and Unconventional Life of Arthur Church Jr. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at the Happy Trails Kennel Visitor Center, 19391 West Lakes Blvd, in Big Lake, Alaska. Slideshow and Potluck will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by a big bonfire.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, 2017