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Wasilla resident John Scott Pittsenbargar, 40, died July 7, 2005, at Valley Hospital in Palmer, from malignant melanoma. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, at Valley Funeral Home in Wasilla. Flowers are welcome.

Mr. Pittsenbargar was born Sept. 3, 1964, in Rangely, Colo.

He became an Alaska resident in 1982, and lived in Anchorage, Kenai and Wasilla. He worked with masonry crews in Colorado, in masonry and scaffolding in Las Vegas, and at ASRC at Alpine since January 2001. He was a scaffold foreman and safety leader on the Alpine Fire Rescue Team and also a pump operator-engineer.

He received a SHARP award through Alpine, and was nominated for various safety awards. His special interests were riding his four-wheeler, camping with the family, and spending time with his pets.

His family wrote, "He enjoyed his work as a safety leader and was well-liked by his Alpine family. He lived in Wasilla with Julie, the love of his life, and enjoyed good times on his four-wheeler, camping, fishing and loved his extended family and friends in Colorado and throughout Alaska."

He was preceded in death by a brother, Butch Pittsenbargar.

Survivors are his wife, Julie Pittsenbargar of Wasilla; children, Matthew and Vanessa of Wasilla; father, John Pittsenbargar of Vernal, Utah; mother, Connie Williams of Anchorage; sister, Vicki Fruichantie of Kenai; nieces, Amanda and Mariah of Kenai; niece, Lisa Nutter of Tacoma, Wash.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins




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