Charles King Sargent
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Longtime Fairbanks resident Charles King Sargent passed away unexpectedly on April 11, 2010, nine days before his 64th birthday, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, following a short illness. As he took his last mortal breath, he was surrounded by family and friends, including aunt Judith Brady, Brad Johnston, Mary Johnston, Dick Mulholand, David Stewart and Diane, his chiropractic therapist.
King was born April 20, 1946, in Spokane, Wash., the only child of Charles (Chuck) and Betty King Sargent.
King's family moved to Fairbanks when he was a young boy, and King embraced the Alaska culture and outdoors. As a youth, he participated in dog sledding and spent numerous summers visiting his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in Idaho, enjoying the many lakes and swimming.
King was an avid and lifelong student of history, especially military history related to the Civil War and World War II. He received a degree in history from the University of Oregon in Eugene. He spent his entire life surrounded by books and enjoyed sharing his love of history. He was able to travel to many historical sites in the United States and other countries, especially in recent retirement years.
With the advent of Internet chat rooms, he found like-minded military history aficionados throughout the world, and he visited them in his travels.
He became a tank enthusiast and developed a "tanker family." He had an incredible ability to accurately recall historical facts.
King began a career in public safety in 1970 when he was hired as a campus security officer at the University of Alaska in College (now known as UAF). In 1974, he took a job as security officer with Fluor and worked at the Prudhoe Bay Camp. During the 1970s, he also was a volunteer riding along with Fairbanks police officers on their evening patrols. In 1981, he became a corrections officer and worked for the next 18 years at Fairbanks Correctional Facility until his retirement in 1999. During his employment at FCC, he was promoted to Sgt. Sargent. However, when the number of authorized sergeant positions was reduced at the jail, King volunteered to take up his former position again so that another more junior sergeant with a young family to support would not lose his job.
Friends of King were friends for life. He had a quick wit and always had a joke to tell. He was surprisingly gentle and caring in spite of his often gruff exterior. However, he did not suffer fools or foolish rules.
King is survived by his aunts, Judy Brady, of Anchorage and Mary Lou Johnson, of Renton, Wash.; his daughter, Sherri Lynn Payton; many close friends; and numerous cousins, and was particularly close to the family of his late uncle, Pat King and his wife, Dorothy, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
No service is planned at this time.
A potlatch will be announced at a later date.
Stories about King may be mailed to Kim and Dave Stewart, P.O. Box 74925, Fairbanks, AK 99707 or posted at in the online guest book.

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Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 18, 2010.
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May 5, 2010
It was my privilege to have known this honorable man.
George Shen
May 5, 2010
He was definitely quite a character and made deep impression even to us who only met him online.

Since I like quotes, there is final one for King:

It is a joyful thing indeed to hold intimate converse with a man after one’s own heart, chatting without reserve about things of interest or the fleeting topics of the world; but such, alas, are few and far between.

– Yoshida Kenko (1283-1350), Tsurezure-Gusa (1340)

Mika Sihto
May 1, 2010
He was my daddy, and meant more to me than any words could ever express... so much of who I am was shaped by him. My love of reading, my wry sense of humor, and my sarcasm...but I also learned how to care for people, to give of myself to those in need and how to be there for others. I am who I am because of you and I love you for all you gave to me...I will miss you more than I can heart is breaking and I give a shout out to all the earth and heaven...I love you, and I will see you again.

your little girl
Sheri Payton
April 29, 2010
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2010
Nita Akins
April 25, 2010
I wish I had the privilege of knowing King Sargent in person, but I was lucky to have known him online. What struck me before, and I still remember now, is how knowledgeable he was, and yet so gracious and tolerant of views which contradicted his own. He would invest considerable time and energy in detailing the facts, yet not lose his cool. Furthermore, he lived a rich and colored life and it was rare not to be surprised by some vignette, presented in a humorous manner. Truly a king, in more ways than one.
Nitin Venkatesh
April 23, 2010
King was like a big brother to me.
I will miss him dearly.
He was a very special and important figure in my life.
He loved history,his tankgroup ,animals,a good steak...and his guns.
He was imposing in stature but really just a generous,intelligent teddy bear.
He was quick witted and played a mean game of jeapordy..I always told him he should look into getting on the show. I admired him for his intelligence.He joked that him and his father,Chuck were the President and Vice President of the Procrastination Club which I felt was true..there were alot of things he liked to put off if it wasn't absolutely neccessary.
King would come and stay at my house every year in Coeur d'Alene.My parents Jackie and Armin Zahn,brother and neice,David and Kaila Kay all enjoyed many dinners and holidays together with him,we considered him family as he did with us.
King loved my 4 kittens and knew them all by name.
The world will be less with King gone,but he is free now.
Armance Kay
April 22, 2010
You're sorely missed.
Hans Engström
April 20, 2010
I never had the honor of meeting King in person, but I was always deeply impressed with his wit, knowledge, and good humor. Charles King Sargent was a person of great Mana and I have no doubt will be missed by many.

Condolences to his family and friends… RIP King Sargent
J Mitchell
April 20, 2010
King always had a great sense of humor...which was a good thing because so did his mom, Betty, my half sister, and his dad, Chuck. I came to Alaska because of Betty. King and his mom and dad were always part of my life. I loved them all. I am glad they are together. I will always miss them. Judy Brady (King's aunt).
Judy Brady
April 20, 2010
I cannot find the words to express my gratitude for having known King (in person and online), for his generosity, and for the benefit of his knowledge and wisdom. My life is the better for having known him, and our world is the worse for having lost him. I eagerly await the opportunity to meet again.
Steven Allen
April 20, 2010
Like others, I only met Sargent online. Amazed me writing about the collections on our local Military Museum. Knowledgeable, passionate, gentle, funny in the good sense... A man with the gift of teaching: learned a lot from him. Missed several opportunities to met him in person, regretfully.

Deep condolences to family and friends.

Requiescat in Pace King Sargent
José L. Domingo
April 20, 2010
I also never had the pleasure of meeting King in person, and I only knew him from his online posts and comments. These, however, conveyed a clear picture of a sharp mind, an encyclopedic memory, a low tolerance for fools, and a wonderful sense of humour. My condolences to his family and friends. I shall endeavor to raise a toast to coincide with the potlach, so his memory will be praised on both sides of the Atlantic at the same time.
Rest in peace.

Soren Rasmussen,
April 20, 2010
I first "met" King in an internet discussion board some 10 years ago. In those 10 years, he shared a great deal of his knowledge on history and lessons-learned-in-life in general. While we never met in person, I consider him a good friend, always ready to share whatever knowledge (and jokes) he has. I was hoping to meet him sometime in 2014/16 in Alaska. Alas, it was not to be. Rest in peace, King, and God Bless. You will be terribly missed. My condolences to his family and friends.
Tomas Tria Tirona
April 20, 2010
You were the first person which impressed me by reading your posts on the internet. Your knowledge and humor were exceptional. I am deeply saddened by the fact that I did not have the chance to tell you how much I valued your input.

My condolences to all his family and friends.
Stefan Kuhn
April 19, 2010
I “knew” King from a military history forum, he was incredibly knowledge and a great joy to read his humorous and fact filled posts, I was hoping to meet him this Sept, not will now not have the chance, life is a little bit emptier for his passing. My condolences to all his family.
Colin Parkinson
April 19, 2010
I had the honor of meeting King several times, but far too few. I should have taken you up on your invite to come up there years ago, King. You will be desperately missed, your passing lessens the world.

Take it easy on Ike, Monty and Mac, will you?
James Martin
April 19, 2010
King was a guest in our home many times, before and after he and Michael traveled together, and over a few holidays. He was kinder and gentler than most; his delight in our first grand daughter delighted us, and she took to him immediately.

I will miss you King, our long talks, the way you shopped for clothes and books for yourself, dinners out and your unending patience with other drivers on the road ;). One of these days, Michael and I will join you, and you can give us a guided tour~~~~

Love you, my friend.
Deb Eastes
April 19, 2010
King was a good friend, and a font of historical knowledge. We traveled together to numerous TankNet get-togethers, and saw many other historical sites along the way. He was gruff, but kind-hearted. He spent a lot of time with us, making visits almost every year after we met. He happily devoured both my wife's fine cooking, and my book collection, during each stay. We spent a good bit of time wargaming and shooting, at home and on the road. A more generous man I have never known.

I miss you, my comrade, and we'll link up on the other side.
Michael Eastes
April 19, 2010
Although I only knew you from the Internet you have left an unforgettable mark and you have made us better for it, your passion, wit and knowledge will be irreplaceable.
My deepest condolences to your family.
Godspeed, King.
Jose Serrano
April 19, 2010
No more calls for assistance or back up. You could always be counted on when needed. RIP, King...
Tom Jasper
April 19, 2010
Like many others, I have known You, King, only by Your posts on the forum. Even though this limited my experience with You, Your posts were telling enough about Your nature - that is, about Your enthusiasm for history, where Your knowledge was deeper, than many full time historians have.
About Your sense of humor, and Your generosity.
I can write many more words, but I will be unable to fully characterise how I'm feeling about You, so I'll settle for a short variant:
King, You were great man and I am honored that I have known You. Thanks for that experience.
I'll miss You.
Marek Tucan
April 19, 2010
Farewell King. I'm fortunate to have met you and to have shared in your passion for history. My condolences to your family and prayers from your family. Our debates are lesser without you. We miss you, Godspeed.
April 19, 2010
Loss of a friend is always hard. He was a comrade at FCC. May his soul rest in peace. Pete Villarreal
Pete Villarreal
April 19, 2010
I had the pleasure and honour of meeting King Sargent at the Toronto I&I in 1999. Sargent was great for a story, an insight and a laugh (or two or three). Although he and Computers were in a constant state of war, more often than not King was able to post his thoughts and I can tell you that his internet family at Tanknet miss him. King was able to debate you on the facts and never took things to the personal level. The World has been blessed with his time here, where he has touched people with his kindness and historical insights. I am a better human being for having known King.

Major (Ret) Andrew Davies CD
Ottawa Canada
Andrew Davies
April 19, 2010
I should like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the man I knew as Sarge.

As firm in his opinions as was in his knowledge of subjects diverse, obscure and occasionally bizarre. The Sarge was a gent of the first water, and a pillar of any community he cared to grace.

To say he will be missed, is to damn with faint acclaim the feelings of his friends from all corners of the globe.

Vale Charles King Sargent

Shane L Rogers
April 19, 2010
KingSargent, as he was known on forums, was the most knowledgeable person about military history I know.

His person, friendship, presence and knowledge will be sorely missed.

I miss him a lot, even when only talking to him via internet.

My words are lacking, so I give some quotes that he might like:

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.
-Winston Churchill-

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
-Winston Churchill-

I think that defines him well.

I still miss him, thus:

One does not leave a convivial party before closing time.
-Winston Churchill-

R.I.P. King

Mika Sihto
Mika Sihto
April 19, 2010
KingSargent, as he was known in discussion forum I frequent, was extremely knowledgeable person about military history.

I miss his knowledge, humour and presence.

My words will not really do justice, so I use quotes he might appreciate:

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.
-Winston Churchill-

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
-Winston Churchill-

One does not leave a convivial party before closing time.
Winston Churchill

R.I.P, King.

Mika Sihto
April 19, 2010
My head and heart are with you all, Kings family, loved ones, friends. King meant a lot to me. I'm missing him, and will miss him for a very long time to come. I considered him a good friend, not the closest of his friends Im sure, but he held me close as good friends do, and cared about me, showed that often and saw our friendship carried into the future, in future get togethers, keeping in touch, good friends to grow good-er, as I did too. King touched a whole lot of people, in a whole lot of ways, I see. And always the zany fun. I'm very glad I had him in my "friends" corner while he was still with us. Friends like him ... solid. Missing him .............. Carman, one of King's Canadian friends,
April 18, 2010
I think I'll miss the memories of Sgt Sargent smoking his stogies at FCC; always respectful of me. Brett Henderson
April 18, 2010
my thoughts are with all who are mourning the loss of King...a very giving man ...please let me know when a potlatch is scheduled....judy coleman,
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