Twin Lakes cabin honors Juneau resident who loved to skate

Caouette Cabin was dedicated March 9, 2013 at Juneau's Twin Lakes. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.

A sign telling people about John Caouette and the cabin project. A permanent plaque will be attached to the cabin soon. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.

View of Caouette Cabin from the Twin Lakes parking lot. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.

Rorie Watt speaks at the dedication ceremony for the Twin Lakes warming shelter named for his good friend John Caouette. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.

Corrine and Jamie Marks sing Bonnie Raitt's "Angel from Montgomery" at the dedication ceremony for the new Twin Lakes warming shelter named for their friend John Caouette. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.

Norman Cohen speaks about his friend and co-worker John Caouette. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.

John Caouette's mom, Mary Gorzycki, and widow, Rebecca Braun, at the dedication ceremony for a skaters cabin named for him. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.

Mary Gorzycki shares memories of her son John Caouette, who passed away in 2010. Caouette's friends and family raised funds and donated time and labor to build a warming shelter at Juneau's Twin Lakes, one of his favorite places to skate. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.

Rebecca Braun speaks at the dedication ceremony for a new warming shelter built in honor of her late husband, John Caouette. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.

Rorie Watt holds up a plaque that will be affixed to Caouette Cabin. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.

Sam Skaggs speaks at the dedication ceremony for Caouette Cabin, named for his friend, John Caouette. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.

Friends and relatives of John Caouette throw tulips on the thin ice at a new Twin Lakes warming shelter named in his honor. Caouette, who passed away in 2010, was an avid skater and hockey player, and Twin Lakes was one of his favorite places to lace up the skates. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.


About 200 people attended the dedication of a new warming shelter at Juneau’s Twin Lakes on Saturday.

The 14 x 24 foot cedar cabin was built to honor John Caouette, a longtime Juneau resident who passed away in 2010.

Caouette was an avid skater and hockey player, and Twin Lakes was one of his favorite places to lace up the skates. Friends and family raised the funds and donated time and labor to build the shelter, located on the southern end of Twin Lakes just after you turn in to the parking lot.

Caouette’s mother, Mary Gorzycki, and widow, Rebecca Braun, were among those who spoke at the dedication. Several friends and family members from his home state of Minnesota made the trip to Juneau for the event.

Caouette died in an accidental fall in Minneapolis while visiting family in October 2010. He was just 46 years old.

He moved to Juneau in the early ’90s to work for the U.S. Forest Service. He later worked as a research scientist for the Nature Conservancy, where his studies of the Tongass National Forest were described as “cutting edge” by colleagues.

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