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Robert Milton Packard, 82, died March 18, 2019, in his home in Cedar Park, Texas, surrounded by loved ones.
He was born on Feb. 7, 1937, in Walsh, Colorado. He graduated in 1955 from Canon City High School in Canon City, Colorado.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1963.
He was married on Aug. 18, 1963, in Canon City.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado in 1964. In 1966, he earned a Master of Arts in natural science and mathematics from Western State College. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton University in 1990.
Mr. Packard was a math teacher at Ketchikan High School, Florence High School in Colorado, and for the Southeast Island School District. He wrote a weekly math contest that was published in the Ketchikan Daily News, in addition to helping his Kayhi class produce a math television contest for elementary students. He won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematic Teaching Alaska in 1986.
Mr. Packard also was an adjunct professor of mathematics and mathematics method courses at the University of Alaska Southeast, Northern Arizona University–Yuma, and Sheldon Jackson College.
He resided in Colorado until 1966, when he moved to Ketchikan. He stayed in Ketchikan until 1977, then returned to Colorado, where he stayed until coming back to Alaska in 1980. Mr. Packard resided at Labouchere Bay until 1983, then at Fire Cove until 1984. Mr. Packard moved back to Ketchikan in 1985 and lived there for two more years, before again residing in Colorado. He moved to Yuma, Arizona, in 1997, before relocating to Sitka in 2003. In 2007, Mr. Packard moved back to Yuma, where he would stay until 2011, when he relocated to Cedar Park.
Mr. Packard was a member of the Cedar Park First United Methodist Church.
He was a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics. He also was a part the National Education Association, and the National Education Association–Alaska Retired.
Mr. Packard enjoyed travel, playing games, volunteering for Meals on Wheels and Drive a Senior, and serving his church.
Mr. Packard is preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Marion Packard; and brothers, Max Packard and Ronald Packard.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Packard of Cedar Park; sons, Matt Packard of Austin, Texas, Kyle Packard of Evergreen, Colorado, and Kevin (Robin) Packard of Cedar Park; and grandchildren, Morgan, Kelvyn and Trevin of Colorado, and Danika, Nathan, Bethany and Vera of Texas.
A celebration of life will be held in July 2019 in Ketchikan.
Mr. Packard's remains will be cremated in Austin.