Jeff Bayless, 51, a senior captain with the Anchorage Fire Department and a fourth generation Alaskan, died March 7, 2014, after collapsing during a training exercise. A viewing and visitation was March 14 at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. A Remembrance Service took place March 15 at the Egan Center in downtown Anchorage. Pastor Paul Steiner of Tree of Life Church in Palmer officiated. The service was preceded by a Fire Department Funeral Procession. A second service was at the Glennallen Chapel on March 16. His body was laid to rest on Mission Hill in Glennallen, in sight of his old stomping grounds.
Linda Margaret Garrabrant, 64, passed away March 9, 2014, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. A public visitation was March 18, at Janssen’s Eagle River Funeral Home in Eagle River, with a service following. Mrs. Garrabrant’s ashes will be scattered throughout Alaska.
Angela Marie (Miles) Houston, 49, of Eagle River, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism on Feb. 3, 2014 in Hilo, Hawaii, while assisting her mother with medical treatments.
Chugiak resident John R. (J.R.) Vincent, 44, passed away unexpectedly on the morning of Feb. 26th, 2014. A memorial service will be held March 8 at Eagle River Funeral Home. Eagle River Lodge #13 of the Free and Accepted Masons will perform the memorial service, which will be followed by a reception offered by Marrian Halstead and Cha Mai unit of the Ladies Oriental Shrine.
James J. Sutton of Eagle River passed away Tuesday morning, February 18, 2014 at Prestige Care of natural causes. Services will be held at St. Andrew Catholic Church. Internment at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery, alongside his wife, will be held at a later date.
Former Eagle River resident Eileen “Nana” Metcalf died Jan. 29, 2014. She was 90. She was living in Bend, Ore., where she recently moved to be close to her family, which she cherished more than anything. A memorial service was held in Bend, Ore., on February 8, and Metcalf will be buried at Angelus Memorial Park in Anchorage this spring next to her beloved son, Edward.
Bonnie Jeanne McGrew died Jan. 19, 2014, after a brief admittance to Alaska Native Medical Center. She was 63. McGrew was born June 24, 1950, in Wenatchee, Wash., and moved with her family to Alaska in 1961. She was a 1968 graduate of Chugiak High.
Longtime Eagle River resident Beverly Jean Smoot died Jan. 20, 2014, while admitted to Alaska Regional Hospital. She was 73. Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Legacy Funeral Homes Witzleben Chapel in Anchorage. Burial took place at Palmer Pioneer Cemetery thereafter.
John Robert (Bob) Yeargan died Jan. 15, 2014, of natural causes in the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Pam Yeargan, in Eagle River surrounded by many family members. He was 93.