Lee Charles Farstad, 71, died Dec. 29, 2020, unexpectedly in Fairbanks.
He was born to Lars and Lorraine Farstad on Nov. 21, 1949, in Ketchikan.
He was raised in the Lutheran Church, and, as an adult, made a profession of faith and was baptized at the University Baptist Church in Fairbanks.
“Lee had a strong work ethic from a young age and was proud of his work,” his family writes.
He worked as a janitor at Ketchikan High School while a student there. He graduated from Kayhi in 1968, and served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971, mostly in Germany.
He was trained as a cook, a skill he “proudly shared with others the rest of his life,” his family writes. “He enjoyed talking food and how it was prepared.”
After his service in the Army, Mr. Farstad returned to Kechikan and worked in construction, fishing and logging. When construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline began, he worked for the Laborers’ Union from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. After construction finished, he continued there, performing maintenence for many years. He also took construction trade classes to add to his skills, and had a painting business in Fairbanks. He used his painting skills while doing maintenance at the Valdez Pipeline Terminal and oil storage tank farm.
In 1977, he met Barbara Smith in Southern California. The couple were married in Fairbanks, and had one daughter, Grace.
Mr. Farstad enjoyed the outdoors, and spent most of his childhood exploring the Mountain Point area of Ketchikan. He also enjoyed exploring, boating, fishing and birdwatching. In recent years he enjoyed early morning walks and discovering the wildlife that lived in his favorite places, the Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary and the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks.
Mr. Farstad was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; cousins, Glenn and Gary Ulricksen; cousin, Ronda Sallup; brother-in-law, Paul Transki; and great-nephew, Cody Choate.
He is survived by his daughter, Grace Farstad; grandchildren, Eve and Arjun Lee Raisharma of Fairbanks; son, Scott (Mollie) Williams; grandchildren, Olivia, Jack and Bella of Tukwilla, Washington; sister, Linda Transki of Ketchikan; brother, Nick (Shannon) Farstad of Ketchikan; brother, Arne (Barbara) Farstad of Kent, Washington; nephews, Mike Davis of Fairbanks, and Chris Davis of Ketchikan; and many more nieces, nephews, cousins and relatives.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.