Jerry Austin

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St. Michael resident Mr. Jerry R. Austin, 62, died peacefully at the Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage on June 2, 2010, with his family and friends by his side.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the school gymnasium in St. Michael. Jerry will be laid to rest near his home at the west cemetery in St. Michael.

Jerry was born on June 10, 1947, in Seattle, where he lived before coming to Alaska in 1969. Jerry was an Iditarod Hall of Fame musher, a 41-year Alaska Bush entrepreneur and a big-game hunting and fishing guide. Jerry met and married Clara Lockwood in St. Michael, where they resided and raised their four children and seven grandchildren. The entire family spent their summers and winters at their Golsovia River Lodge, 40 miles up the coast from St. Michael.

Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Jerrine May, who died in 1985, and his father-in-law, Lawrence G. Lockwood Sr., who died in 1999.

Jerry is survived by his father; Walter Austin of Seattle; brother, Jim Austin of Seattle; wife, Clara Austin of St. Michael; mother-in-law, Irene Lockwood of St. Michael; daughter, Dena Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Jerrine and Louie Ambrose; daughter, Charlene Austin; son, Anthony Austin; grandchildren, Skye Shears, Autumn Austin, Hailey, Mathias and Kaleb Ambrose, Zachariah Austin, Jacelyn Austin, and a granddaughter on the way, all of whom reside in St. Michael.

Clara and her family can be reached in St. Michael at 907-923-3281 and 923-2419

Arrangements were made by Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 6 to June 7, 2010