Karl Richard Amylon

Karl Richard Amylon died on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at his home in Ketchikan, Alaska.

He was born on Feb. 15, 1955, in Danville, Kentucky, to LeRoy Alfred Amylon and Grace Bushee Amylon.

He resided in Danville and Albion, Michigan, until his family moved to Corning, New York, in 1959. There he attended school and graduated from Corning-Painted Post East High School in 1973. After graduation he attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In August 1978 he graduated from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs with a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

In November of 1978, he began his career in city management as confidential assistant to the city manager in Watertown, New York. He was appointed acting city manager in July of 1982, then assistant city manager in January of 1983 until being appointed City Manager in November 1983. He served in that position until September of 1994. Among his accomplishments during his tenure in Watertown were leading the community through a major expansion of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum and negotiating a power sales agreement with Niagara Mohawk that still brings major revenue to the City of Watertown today. 

In April of 1995, Karl began his tenure as City Manager of Ketchikan, and, in April of 1999, he also assumed the role of Ketchikan Public Utilities General Manager. In his 26-year career, Ketchikan went from a lumber mill town to a world-class cruise destination. And in his last year as chief executive, he helped lead the city through a global pandemic. His accomplishments were many and varied, but he would say that his greatest accomplishment was creating a team that was dedicated to professionalism and always striving to do what was in the best interest of the community. That was always his focus and mission.

Karl walked throughout the downtown often. He loved the busy, chaotic scene during the cruise season and the quiet calm of the off season. He watched the city grow, thrive, struggle and survive. He was moved by the resilience of the community to do his best.

Karl married Pearl Newhook on May 10, 1983, at St. Leo Catholic Church in Bonita Springs, Florida. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. 

He loved the Cleveland Browns (yes, the Cleveland Browns), the Boston Red Sox (remember the ALCS of 2004), the Montreal Canadiens (go Habs) and the Syracuse Orange (yes, Jim Boeheim was coach when Karl was in grad school). 

He had a passion for the people and landscapes of Newfoundland, and came to love Paris and France as much as Pearl. Rodin and cafe liegeois were two of his favourite things.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl; son, Peter E. Amylon (Cynthia) of Ketchikan; sister, Kristin A. Swain (Charles) of Corning, New York; nieces, Elizabeth A. Callan (Michael) and Sarah A. Myers (Austin) of San Diego, California; and brother-in-law, Gordon Newhook (Barbara Dooley) of South River, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Karl was predeceased by his parents, LeRoy Alfred Amylon and Grace Amylon Waterman; and by his brother, Eric R. Amylon.