John Wilson Simpson (1936 - 2018)

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John Wilson Simpson transcended this existence riding his favorite Maico dirt bike to that last scrambles race of oblivion. He succumbed to dementia and diabetes, dying peacefully at the Prestige House. Although he suffered from dementia he was able to function and approached life with an attitude that is nothing short of remarkable. He could sit at a Christmas party, not knowing where his home was or how he was going to get there, but he would just speak up then politely say "whoever is taking me home - don't forget me," with a big smile.
The true joy of John's life was the time spent with his boys, his guitar and his well-loved dogs. Although he was not a wealthy man, he would bend over backwards to make sure his boys had motorcycles and riding gear.
Born to George and Polly (Wilson) Simpson in Athens, Tenn., he graduated from McMinn County High School and with a degree in English from University of Alaska Anchorage. His career was varied. In the U.S. Air Force, 1954 to 1958, he was a member of the Military Police while stationed in the Philippines and Guam. He worked in the oil fields of Texas and as an excavation contractor. Then he opted for adventure and opportunity coming to Alaska. He pursued a career as a draftsman with the Corps of Engineers, RCA, DOT/PF and with local surveyor Harry Waterfield. Later in life he developed land for himself. He also got involved with a gold mine and ultimately became a partner in the Opal Markup Claims, a gold mine venture, in the proximity of Chitina.
John was predeceased by his parents; and older sister, Georgianne Morris. He is survived his brother, Richard Simpson of Athens, Tenn.; sister, Mary Helen Elrod of Texas, her children and by his three boys and their spouses and grandchildren; his sons are Jud Simpson (Janet) of Peters Creek, Alaska, and Jeb Simpson (Lori) and Joel Simpson (Shawna), both of Eagle River, Alaska.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 13, 2018