Brig. Gen. John V. Hoyt, 68

Lifelong Alaskan retired Brig. Gen. John V. Hoyt, 68, died July 18, 2002, at his Anchorage home. At Mr. Hoyt’s request no service was held.
Mr. Hoyt was born Nov. 23, 1933 in Skagway. His father was railroad superintendent and he received all 12 years of his schooling in Skagway, graduating from high school in 1951. He then served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard, retiring with the rank of Brigadier General.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Ann Ritchie Hoyt; brother, Alan Hoyt; children, Lesley Wampole, Stephanie Hoyt, John C. Hoyt; and five grandchildren.
Arrangements were made with Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.
- Anchorage Daily News, with assistance from Mavis Irene Henricksen

Stewart A. Larson

Stewart Arthur David Larson, born Dec. 13, 1908, during an Alaskan blizzard, passed away peacefully in his sleep in Warm Beach Care Center, Wash., Monday June 24, 2002 at the age of 93. His cremated remains will be scattered in Puget Sound where he can rejoin his wife Helene Marie Fields.
Many people who loved him survive the only son of Edith Feero and Karl Larson, and brother to Ellen, Rainee and Velma. Sister Ellen Matchett, his son James (Jo-Ann) Larson, his long time friend Myrna Yearkle as well as grand children, great grandchildren nieces, nephews and friends. Stewart walked across the paths of many people throughout his life and for each life he touched he had a great story to tell.
His passions in life were Alaska and dancing. Anything about Alaska was reason enough for Stewart to start a story. When interviewed by the BBC about his life in Skagway as a young man, the twinkle in his eye, tells us that there were many stories he has never shared. He loved the poetry of Robert Service and could recite many of them from memory including his favorite, “Bessie’s Boil.” He loved the circus, ice cream, waffles with strawberries and a good game of cards. He loved to play Crib.
Stewart worked for the railroad as a stoker and fireman for the White Pass & Yukon Railroad and retired from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, as an engineer.
He was a member of many service clubs and loved to socialize: lifetime member of Golden Eagle Aerie #1 Seattle, Wash. from 1937 to 2002; a Mason, active member from 1960 to 1990 Lodge 60 Auburn, Wash.; a member of the FiFi Shrine; a member of the Alaska Yukon Pioneers Inc. until 1997.
He enjoyed many a meal at the Skagway Dinner. He was a volunteer car driver for Snohomish County driving the elderly to Doctors appointments and for groceries in Marysville, Wash. for many years until they finally decided he was elderly himself.
At the age of 83 he shared his dreams with Jim and I. He had 3 to complete before he died. Return to Skagway, Alaska, visit Lake Louise, Alberta, and ride the locks of the Panama Canal. Well DAD, two out of three ain’t bad.
His life was filled with exciting times, fun, laughter and he had few regrets. We could all be so lucky.We will all miss him greatly.
Remember; Dance like nobody’s watching.
– Submitted by the family