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Thomas Francisco “Cisco” Martinez Jr., 54, died Jan. 5, 2018, in Juneau. He was born Aug. 21, 1963, in Ketchikan.
3/28/2013
Harold Koons

Harold Howard Koons, 85, died on March 26, 2013, in Ketchikan.

He was born to Harry and Mona Koons on Aug. 1, 1927, in Arapahoe County, Colo.

Mr. Koons joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he served in the Pacific theater of operations. He married his wife, Frances, on Feb. 13, 1954, in Olathe, Colo. In 1956, they moved to Ketchikan.

He would go on to work as a bleacherman at the Ketchikan Pulp Mill bleach plant. Mr. Koons retired from there after 30 years and worked part-time at Mountain Point Water Service.

Mr. Koons was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His hobbies included wood-carving, smoking salmon, gardening, collecting coins and working as a handyman.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Maxine LaRue.

Mr. Koons is survived by his wife, Frances "Pat" Koons of Ketchikan; daughters, Linda Koons-Auger (Bill Auger) of Ketchikan and Debi Koons of Anchorage; son, Ken (Lori) Koons of Farmington, Utah; brothers, Harry Koons of San Diego and Gene Koons of Atwood, Kan.; and grandchildren, Ryan Lapinski and Rachel Auger of Ketchikan and Danielle, Tanner and Marissa Koons of Farmington.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Ketchikan Pioneers’ Home. Buriel will be at Bayview Cemetery.