Lynette M. "Yukon" (Stinson) Clark
1946 - 2020
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Lynette M. Clark, aka "Yukon" or "Yukon Yonda," 73, of Fox, died peacefully on Sunday, May 17, at her home less than a week after a diagnosis of metastatic lung cancer.
Yukon was born Lynette Marie Stinson on Aug. 9, 1946, in Watseka, Illinois, and grew up in Kankakee County, Illinois, in a wide-ranging, fun-loving family. She finished high school and immediately joined the Air Force, yearning to leave the corn fields for the big world.
Yukon lived not just one, but many lives: USAF Airman, switchboard operator, fashion buyer, pipeline construction camp maid, a bronzed bikini-wearing wife in Rio de Janeiro, bartender, homesteader, gold mine camp cook and laundress, mining partner and wife, heavy equipment operator, foster mother, politician, community organizer and speaker. She participated in every notable protest against what she felt were attacks on Alaskans' rights to self-govern, and carved a unique place in history. In the 1980s, she served as aide to Alaska Independence Party founder Joe Vogler, and more recently as party president.
As a tourism speaker at Eldorado Gold Mine and later at the Gold Dredge 8 outside Fairbanks, she was the face and voice of a REAL gold miner for many thousands of visitors over her 27 years between the two venues. She starred in the vacation memories and photos of strangers from all over the world.
She was a surrogate mother, a grandmother figure, a shoulder to cry on, a rock for those who needed friendship, a gift-giver, and a limitless source of love. She didn't enjoy organized religion, but again before her death, she proclaimed Jesus as her Lord and looked forward to eternity in heaven and reuniting with those who've gone before.
As one cousin voiced, "She squeezed about the most life out of these years that anybody could. She was a force of nature, adventurous, a workaholic and an ideologue, a woman of ardent enthusiasms, and she loved this family right down to our molecules. So comforting to read it confirmed here that she knew the Lord. Brace yourself, St. Peter."
Yukon was preceded in death by her parents, Phyllis M. Walsh, nee Larrigan, of Bourbonnais, Illinois, and Lawrence W. Stinson Sr., of Fairbanks, and stepmother Aviva J. Stinson, of Fairbanks. Survivors include two brothers, William (Pam) Stinson, of Sherman, Texas, and Micheal (Julie Sigwart) Stinson, of Carpinteria, Calif.; sister Patricia "Tricia" (Perry) Brown, of Anchorage; sister-friend, Erleen Enoka, of Kaunakakai, Hawaii; and two half-brothers, Lawrence (Elizabeth) Stinson Jr., of Anchorage, and John (Rachel) Stinson, of Anchorage; and half-sister, Theresa (Jeff) Wilson, of Anchorage; foster daughter Tammi Allen, of Fairbanks; paternal uncles Gerald Stinson, of Bloomington, Indiana, and Conrad (Donna) Stinson, of Evansville, Indiana; maternal aunt Patricia Parbs, of Bourbonnais, Illinois; numerous deeply loved cousins, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and many more that she surrogately mothered or grandmothered.
Yukon will be interred at Northern Lights Cemetery in Fairbanks in the Veterans' Niche. A celebration of life is in planning at the Gold Dredge 8 site for June 21.

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Published in Daily News-Miner on May 21, 2020.
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7 entries
May 25, 2020
My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories
and Gods promise to return our loved ones . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .
May 22, 2020
I had the great pleasure of working with Yukon at Gold Dredge 8 for 3 seasons. She was truly a remarkable, well respected lady with so much knowledge about the industry. We had a lot of great conversations since my husband was a gold miner too. She was smart, funny, caring...and every other positive adjective one could think of. My heart and prayers go out to her entire family at this very sad time.
Lloyd and Danita Swenson
May 22, 2020
She was a great patriot for Alaska and the USA. She will be missed and her comments.
May 21, 2020
What a great lady and inspiration to us all! Rest in peace my friend.
Kate Marshall
May 21, 2020
I enjoyed her stories when she came to the office. A true Alaskan right up there with Joe Vogler.
Andrew Stanya
May 19, 2020
Lynette was a LION of a Lady and Alaska is poorer for her passing. Like her friend Joe Vogler, she fought for freedom all her life. May the Good Lord rest her soul.
Bob Bird
May 19, 2020
Lynette was a warrior and I will miss her dearly. Some FB friends are just more than that. Lynette was one of mine.
Beth Fread
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