Gareth T. Wright
1928 - 2019
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Mushing legend Gareth Thomas Wright passed on Oct. 14, 2019, in Fairbanks.
Gareth was born in Nenana on Oct. 16, 1928, to the late Arthur and Myrtle (Rose) Wright. He spent his early childhood in Minto, where his father served as the Episcopal minister. When Gareth was 6 years old, the family returned to Nenana, where his mother served as a missionary nurse at St. Mark's Mission.
Gareth had many interests and was blessed with an inquisitive spirit from a young age that exposed him to the love of music, a variety of foods, world travel, animals and the world of business intrigue. However, Gareth was most comfortable sharing the beauty of nature with his family.
Gareth began his first business partnership at the age of 13 with an ice cream stand in Nenana. This early experience led to the establishment of family-owned construction companies with his brothers, wife and daughters involving major airports, road projects throughout Alaska and land development such as Chena Marina Subdivision. In construction, he hired, trained and encouraged many people to work hard and succeed. Many worked with him year after year as seasonal workers as he treated his employees with respect and trust. The seasonality of this work allowed Gareth to focus on his love of sled dogs.
At the age of 13, Gareth got his first sled dog, which led to his passion for breeding and development of the racing "Aurora Husky." Gareth was one of the most influential dog breeders, and his bloodline created a cornerstone of the modern racing sled dog that most mushers enjoy today. Gareth was a competitive musher who won both major Alaska sprint sled dog races - the North American Championship twice and the Fur Rendezvous World Championship three times - and numerous other races. He was a founding father of the major racing clubs throughout Alaska, including the Alaska Dog Mushers Association and the Alaskan Sled Dog and Racing Association.
His love of people resulted in mentoring many people both in and outside the construction and dog racing world. But above all else was the devotion and love he had for his family, especially his wife, Miranda. Together they built a home filled with love, family and a swimming pool. They filled the role of grandparents and great-grandparents with an abundance of pride and love for each member of their large extended family.
Gareth was a devoted husband and father and leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Miranda (Hildebrand); daughters, Sandy Creamer (Don), Roxy Wright Freedle (Dave), Lynette Holt (Dave) and Shannon Erhart; special son, Bruce Garey; and brothers, Al and Jules Wright. He was known as Super Papa by his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Wright is predeceased by his parents and brothers, Arthur Eugene, Donald, Lawrence and Forrest; and grandson, Todd Hughes.
A celebration of life will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall, 111 Clay St., Fairbanks, followed by a traditional potlatch at 6 p.m. He will be laid to rest by his family at the Nenana Cemetery on the hill.

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Published in Daily News-Miner on Oct. 19, 2019.
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October 19, 2020
Gareth took me under his wing and taught me about dog racing and Alaska. I was so proud to race and complete the 1983 Open in Fairbanks. Even better was Gareth coming in first. Marvelous memories of a generous and warm-hearted man.
Gareth Pugh
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October 23, 2019
You will be missed by all who knew you thank you for sharing all your great smiles and wonderful stories
Dee Jennings-somerfield
October 23, 2019
You will be missed by all who knew you thank you for sharing all your great smiles and wonderful stories
Dee Jennings-somerfield
October 23, 2019
Condolences to the family of Gareth.
Stephenita Devlin
October 21, 2019
Prayers going out to the family.. Keep the memories close to your heart.
Bernice Gurtler Ayscue
October 21, 2019
Thanks for everything Gareth. You were a friend to many and encouraged us newbies in the mushing world. You will be greatly missed. Your bloodlines still run strong in the mushing world. It was my fortune to have gotten to know you. Condolences to the Wright family.

Jeff Conn
October 20, 2019
Brothers, Al, Jules and Gareth Wright
What a legacy he has left us all and his family. Truly an amazing man with so many talents. A wonderful father, brother, husband, teacher, grandfather, and great grandfather to so many.

We are sending prayers and love to the family for peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

Don and Patricia Schmidt
Patricia Schmidt
October 19, 2019
Chucks & Theresa Olson
October 19, 2019
Our condolences to the Wright family and friends. Gareth will be missed by all. His memory will last long. Prayers to family and all.
Rose and William Coy
October 19, 2019
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Christy Williford
October 19, 2019
He was certainly a legend. I was very fortunate to be childhood friends with his amazing daughters, Lynette and Roxy.❤
Betsy Gelvin
October 19, 2019
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Lynette Holt
October 19, 2019
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John Rasmussen
October 19, 2019
I first met Gareth Wright in 1983 in Chena Marina, I was a recreational dog musher recovering from severe burn injuries. I asked him if he needed any help in his dog kennel and he was gracious enough give me a job when I really needed one.
He was very patient, answering all of my incessant elementary questions about dogs and gear.
After working with his Aurora Huskies I quickly got the bug for sprint racing. He sold me my first real racing sled dog and let me work off the cost as a dog handler.
He always treated people well and was a great promoter of the sport I've been involved in for 39 years now.
Thank you for being a great mentor to many, and statesman for the sport of dog mushing.
My thoughts are with his family. On Bye! Gareth.
James Arndt
October 19, 2019
What a great Alaskan!! Always had a smile and a good word to say about everyone. R.I.P. Gareth Rick "Rancher" Rinear
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