Jim Webster
1943 - 2020
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Jim Webster was born Aug. 28, 1943, in Seattle, Washington, and moved to Alaska in the early 1970s after serving in the Navy Air Corps. He then served as a commercial pilot for Webber Air in Ketchikan, Alaska. His next adventure was flying for the Southeast Island School District. During one of the trips to outlying schools, he met a very special passenger, Joan Parker. It didn't take too long for Jim to decide that Joan was the one he wanted to spend his life with. The wedding ceremony took place at altitude, in his plane, tail number (n54454e). Their marriage of 37 years was filled with love and adventure as they explored Alaska, made great friends, and just enjoyed their life together. Jim and Joan moved to Fairbanks in 2000 where Jim opened his own company, Webster's Flying Service. Many of Jim's customers quickly became close friends. With Jim as the pilot, scientists, hunters and tourists gained access to some of the most remote locations in the Last Frontier. Jim was not content to just be the pilot on these chartered trips; he would also consistently assist his clients in whatever goals they were trying to accomplish. A result of his ability to impart calm and collective decision-making, Jim contributed to more than 100 research papers, a dozen graduate student degrees, and helped launch the careers of a number of young and enthusiastic researchers. Jim passed away on May 14, 2020, at Teshekpuk Lake doing one of the things he loved most: flying his clients to remote sites in Alaska. Jim was a man of few words, he was genuinely humble, and he was respected by all who knew him. He will be deeply missed and always fondly remembered. Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Joan Parker Webster, and his sister, June Webster Gonzalas, of Washinton. In lieu of Flowers please contribute to the Fairbanks Food Bank or the Fairbanks Animal Shelter. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Online condolences may be made at blanchardfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Daily News-Miner on May 23, 2020.
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June 3, 2020
I was lucky to have worked with Jim during his time at Webber Air in Ketchikan so many years ago. Jim was not only an excellent pilot he was an exceptional person and will be missed by many. I am so sorry for your loss Joan, may your faith along with the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Verlie Davis
June 1, 2020
Southeast Island School District sends condolences to the family. Jim was a well-loved pilot for the school district many years ago and is remembered fondly for all that he has done for the students, parents, and staff. May he rest in peace.
Southeast Island School District
May 31, 2020
A dear family friend for almost 40 years...a wonderful, wonderful person who will always be remembered. My love and support to Joanie.
Grace Adams
May 28, 2020
I am one of many who had the honor of working in the same industry
as Jim in southeast Alaska many years ago. I just want to express
how respected and revered Jim is by all that knew him from the old days
in Ketchikan. He was a great man and will never be forgotten especially by those of us who tried but could never quite keep up with Webster in the Golden Nuggetand the Bug Eye. I am so sorry for your loss.
Scott Cagley
May 27, 2020
May you Rest In Peace Webster you were truly one special person ! Love to you Joanie!!❣
Susie Robb
May 24, 2020
Lisa S
May 24, 2020
Jim Webster, my uncle, was and is loved, appreciated, and respected in many capacities including husband, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, neighbor, mentor, and of course gifted pilot. If you knew him, you will be able to add to this list of relationships and qualities of a man who will be long remembered with high regard.
Lisa S
May 23, 2020
We are so very saddened to hear of the loss of Jim. He flew for us many times, and we always appreciated his safety in flying. Our most recent flights were last Fall, when he flew family and grandchildren out to our wilderness home for a visit. He was so good with the kids. They thought he was great.
Jim Webster was highly thought of, and we send best wishes and blessings to Joan and family, From Rose, Bill & Verna Coy- Coyclan of Clanskeep- Kantishna River
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