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Dallas Hugh Masterson

Dallas Hugh Masterson, 90, died April 8, 2010, at Third Medical Group Hospital, Elmendorf Air Force Base.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Witzleben Legacy Funeral Home, 1707 S. Bragaw St. He will be laid to rest at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

Dallas was born Dec. 15, 1919, to Phoebe and Kendrick Masterson, a fourth-generation pioneer family in Orland, Calif. Spending his early years on the family ranch, Dallas then joined the Air Force in 1942.

He served from 1942 to 1945, flying 91 missions over the Burma Hump during World War II and serving one year in the Asiatic Pacific Theater in 1944.

After his release from the service, he returned to the San Francisco area to teach flying.

Dallas returned to flying overseas during the early 1970s, providing food drops to Laotian villages during the Vietnam War.

Dallas and his wife Helen came to Anchorage in 1974. He flew dignitaries over the Alaska pipeline and continued teaching flying before retiring in 1988.

After the passing of his beloved Helen, Dallas married Violet Hulce on June 10, 1999. Together they shared years visiting their families and friends in their motor home. Violet devoted herself to his care and well-being until his passing.

He will be remembered for his dignity and giving heart, and his passion for flying.

He is survived by his loving wife, Violet Hulce; sister, Merry Schoenfeld; daughter, Sally Masterson; stepchildren, Denise, Paul and Richard Cardoza and their children Elizabeth, Daniel and Rachel Murphy, and Melissa and Shannon Cardoza; great-grandchildren, Stella, Jai and Aoife Gordon and Joseph Martinez; and stepchildren, Linda and Willie Hulce and their daughter Ajax Stevens-Hulce; and other family members including Holly Hawkings. 

Source: Anchorage Daily News, 10 April 2010



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