Randy Jason Sullivan, 46, died May 13, 2019, in a mid-air collision near Ketchikan.
He was born on Feb. 1, 1973, in Anchorage.
“Randy grew up in Anchorage and Ketchikan, and excelled in athletics,” his family writes. “His favorite sports to participate in were ice hockey, baseball and football.”
He attended Ketchikan High School, and Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated in 2001 from Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He married his wife, Julie, on Nov. 6, 2004, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Mr. Sullivan began his pilot career flying fire patrol in Tulsa. He also flew for many air taxi services in Ketchikan, which included flying Twin Otters, Otters and Beavers for Promech, Pacific Airways, Misty Fjords Air and Taquan Air. He also was employed by ACE Air Cargo in Anchorage, and Seattle Seaplanes in Seattle.
“In 2005 Randy became one of the only pilots in history to fly a 15-minute flight taking off with four and landing with five passengers; a baby was born inflight from Metlakatla to Ketchikan,” his family writes.
In 2012, Mr. Sullivan established his own floatplane operation, Mountain Air Service, which he operated until the time of his passing.
Mr. Sullivan enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hiking.
“His true passion was flying, and his main priority and enjoyment was time spent with his family,” his family writes. “He was a wonderful husband, father, son and brother. Randy enjoyed his leisure time cooking, telling stories, watching sports and drinking beers with the guys.”
“Randy had a dynamic personality,” his family continued. “One of his greatest assets and redeeming qualities was his humor. He had a special way with people in that he could talk with anyone and get them to laugh. He loved to tell stories of his childhood memories and thus his company slogan was ‘Making Memories.’ He certainly succeeded in that. His heart of gold, his love for his family and his friendship will never be forgotten.”
Mr. Sullivan was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John S. Sullivan and Jessie L. Sullivan; maternal grandparents, Yvonne J. Ward, step grandfather Edmund N. Ward; and grandfather, Ronald E. Wichman.
He is survived by his wife, Julie L. Sullivan, daughter, Taylor R. Sullivan; son, Spencer J. Sullivan; mother, Vicky L. Slenkamp; stepfather, Paul E. Slenkamp; father Richard S. Sullivan; stepmother, Sharon D. Sullivan; sisters, Trina L. Sullivan (Joshua Ruttkofsky) and Sarah B. Slenkamp (Mario Martinez); brothers, Michael P. Slenkamp and Tyler D. Sullivan; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.