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Jesse Eugene Piburn, 68, died Feb. 4, 2018, in Craig.
He was born June 7, 1949, in Hotchkiss, Colorado.
He graduated from high school in Myrtle Point, Oregon, and went to work as a logger and equipment operator.
“Jess resided in Alaska since 1978 in various towns and logging camps from Wrangell to Prince of Wales Island,” his family writes. “... Jess worked in the logging industry in Oregon and Southeast Alaska for 49 years.”
Mr. Piburn enjoyed fishing, woodworking, reading, building computers and spending time in the outdoors with his wife, children and grandchildren.
“Jess accepted Jesus Christ as his savior in 1973 at a Billy Graham event,” his family writes. “Because of Jess’ faith in Christ, he knew his home was in heaven where he now rests.”
Mr. Piburn was preceded in death by his father, Norvin Piburn; mother, Rose Blanck; and stepfather, Pete Blanck.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Piburn of Craig; sister, Patty Sjogren of Coquille, Oregon; daughters, Sheri (Lance) Nutter of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Michelle Dahlstrom of Klawock, and Deva (Jess) Johnson of Anchorage; son, Chris (Chaundell) Piburn of Klawock; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Piburn’s remains were cremated. The family will hold a private service during the coming months.