Dallas John "Bigun" Knighten

  • "Bigun was a very devoted and protective big brother. He..."
    - Dayna Knighten-Dean
  • "I was a co-worker on rig 141 I worked with Dallas a hand..."
    - Randy Jordan
  • "Dallas was a very hard worker and i share many fond..."
    - Ted Kruger
  • "Our deepest sympathy to all family members."
    - Wayne and Pauline Shippen
  • "I've known Dallas for an long time working at Nabors and..."
    - Nellie Evern

Anchorage resident Dallas John "Bigun" Knighten, 37, died of natural causes April 30, 2008, at home.
Services will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at The Crossings at Birchwood Church, 22208 Birchwood Loop Road, in Chugiak.
Dallas was born July 29, 1970, in Casper, Wyo., to Karen Ann and Daniel Cody Knighten.
He spent most of his youth in Wyoming before moving to Glennallen with his family in 1988. He graduated from Glennallen High School in 1990. Dallas was employed in the oil fields of the North Slope by Nabors Alaska Drilling and Doyon Drilling.
Besides being a former circuit bullrider who enjoyed all Professional Bullriders Assn. events, Dallas enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting and all that Alaska had to offer.
His family wrote: "Dallas was truly loved by all who met him and especially endeared himself to children, as he could so closely relate to their pure sense of fun, mischief and antics."
He is survived by his brothers, Aamon "Shorty" Knighten and Ron "Hoss" Knighten, both of Gillette, Wyo., and Justin "Pistol" Knighten of Anchorage; sister, Dayna "Trixie" Dean of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; eight nieces; one nephew; and many family members throughout Alaska, Wyoming, Montana and New Mexico.
Dallas was preceded in death by his mother and father, and his cremains will join those of his parents on the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming at a later date.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on May 5, 2008