Hoonah loses beloved mayor Windy Skaflestad

A memorial service is planned for February 12th for former Hoonah Mayor Alf ‘Windy’ Skaflestad, who passed away last Saturday at the age of 75 after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Born and raised in Hoonah, Skaflestad served two-terms as mayor after retiring from the Public Health Service. His job as a construction supervisor for sanitation projects brought him all over Alaska.

“I was born right here, but I traveled all over the state, I worked all over the state from Point Hope to Hydaburg, so I got to know the state pretty well,” he told KTOO in December 2010.

Skaflestad was mayor in August 2010 when two Hoonah police officers were shot to death on the town’s Front Street.

The thing that helped Hoonah weather the tragedy, he said, was a strong sense of community and teamwork – like everybody pitching in to keep the town clean.

“We have a group of ladies that do a lot of walking, and they carry the garbage sacks with them, and they pick up the garbage that they do find along the road and dispose of it,” he said. “So, like I say, all of this working together as a team is just wonderful.”

Skaflestad is survived by his wife, Joyce, four children, five step-children, 12 grandchildren and a large extended family.

His memorial service will be held at the Hoonah ANB Hall.

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