Friday, October 16, 2009

In memory of Kurt Jenkins


My father in law Kurt passed away last Tuesday Oct. 6, 2009. We got the phone call early Wednesday morning and spent the day trying to figure out how to get to Alaska to be with our family. The military came through for us big time and paid for our tickets to come up here and gave Noah his leave, it was wonderful! We have been here for a week and are working on helping out everyone get everything ready for the memorial tommorow. Kurt was a stubborn guy and he and I butted heads on more than one occassion but we always made up and agreed to disagree on more then one occassion. He would always grab my head and give me big kisses on the top of my head, while squeezing my shoulder (he was about a foot taller then me) and then patting me on the back and called me "baby girl". He was a good man with a big heart, everyone loved him and everyone he met was an instant friend, no strangers for Kurt. He was a good father, the best he knew how to be and truly loved his family. He will greatly be missed. Noahs family agreed that we could do the work for him so hopefully this time next year his work will be done. :O)

Here is Kurt Obituary that ran in the paper Thursday October 15th.


Anchorage resident Kurt Jenkins, 54, died Oct. 6, 2009, at Prudhoe Bay.A celebration of Kurt's life will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Jade Ball Fields, West Dimond Boulevard past Jewel Lake Road. Everyone is welcome. He was born Oct. 9, 1954, in Long Beach, Calif.Kurt Jenkins knew who he was. He spent little time on self-exploration. He didn't need to. Early on, when he was growing up in California, it was clear he was a born athlete. Blessed with well-above-average intelligence and tons of God-given talent, he spent his youth pursuing his dream of being a Major League pitcher. He almost made it, being picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers organization his senior year in college. After sustaining a destroyed rotator cuff, he moved to the oil fields of Alaska, passionately embracing the Last Frontier. Later, utilizing his education in TV, radio and film, he went to work at KIMO Channel 13 and then on to owning his own advertising agency, which he loved and through which he made many lifelong friends. Kurt never met a stranger. What you saw was what you got. He was a man of many words, honest and honorable.His favorite role in life was being "Dad," and he was good at it. Kurt could always be counted on to coach and chauffeur not only his children but also their friends. He was a wonderful member of the community.Kurt's wife will always remember how much she was loved and will miss sparring with him, watching for that sheepish grin.If you met him, you would never forget him. His family wishes him Godspeed and looks forward to seeing him in heaven.He is survived by his daughters, Emma and Kala; sons, Keyn and Noah; daughter-in-law, Aurie; grandsons, Landon and Braddoc; his wife, Michelle; his mother, Ardis; and his brother, Clay.In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations for his children may be made at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, reference Kurt Jenkins' Memorial Fund. Arrangements are by Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel-Anchorage.

7 comments:

Courtney said...

I am SO SORRY to hear about your dad and father-in-law!.... I'm so sorry you guys:(

Amy said...

So sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Noah.

Katie The Lady said...

I'm sorry to hear about your family's big loss. I hope everyone is doing well after his death, and will recover from the sadness and stress of his loss.

CLAMES said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. Your tribute is beautiful.

mikensi.jimmy said...

oh my, sorry to hear.. i am late on this, but i hope the jenkins family is doing well!

4 Nuts In A Basket said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm really glad you were able to take the boys up to AK to visit with him and make some memories and take pictures for them! You are in my prayers.

Jacob and Katie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your family's loss. My Mom just told me the sad news. We wish the best for your family.