Salvatore F. Provenzano (1965 - 2016)

  • "Lilly and family, I would like to express my sincere..."
    - Ron Fleischhacker
  • "Happy Veterans Day big brother. Thank you for protecting..."
  • "I miss you every day"
  • "my heart is truly broken."
    - Lilly
  • "Worked with Sal at the Rescue Coordination Center in the..."
    - Ellen Godden

Salvatore Felice Provenzano, "Sal," was born on May 3, 1965, in Eindhoven, Netherlands, to Salvatore and Gerarda Provenzano and died on June 4, 2016, at his home in Eagle River, Alaska, of a heart attack. He was raised in many places around the United States and world, as his dad was career Air Force, devoting 32 years of his life to serve. Sal graduated from Kalaheo High School in Kaneohe, Hawaii, in 1983, and Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in 1987. He was on the way to becoming a fighter pilot when a catastrophic failure in his private plane caused a crash which ended his military flying career. He chose to change his focus to Search and Rescue, and served 23 years in the Air Force before retiring in 2014 as a Master Sergeant. He was a rescue controller at the Rescue Coordination Center on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska, and was proud to have assisted in saving hundreds of lives. He received many awards throughout his military career and served in a number of overseas missions and humanitarian efforts. He was married on Feb. 14, 2001, to Elizabeth "Lilly" Muir, who brought three children into the family: Blake, Bailey and Ivy Delaney. Two more children joined the family on June 12, 2008, with the births of Salvatore "Sam" and Christopher "Chris" Provenzano. Sal doted on the little boys, happily becoming a stay at home dad upon his retirement in 2014. He enjoyed spending his days gardening and cooking, spending all his waking hours with the twins. He passed away in the garden, with the sun on his face and the sound of the boys in his ears. Nobody gets to really pick their last moments but his family truly feels this is what he would have chosen, surrounded by the things he loved most. He is survived by his wife, Lilly; mother, Gerry of Maple Valley, Wash.; children, Sam and Chris; stepchildren, Blake, Bailey and Ivy; sister, Tina Collamore with her husband Dave and their son Elliott of Eunumclaw, Wash.; and sister, Angie Provenzano and her children Dylan and Andrea of Seattle, Wash. He was preceded in death by his dad, Sam, who passed away on June 6, 2006. Sal will be joining his dad at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery with services at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016, with Lieutenant Colonel John Morse in charge of the military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Museum of Transportation and Industry in Wasilla, Alaska, in his name would be greatly appreciated.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on June 8, 2016