Donald Gene Sisson

Donald Gene Sisson

Death 12 Apr 2011 (aged 77)
Burial Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Plot Section R Row 21 Site 1225
Memorial ID 71569505 · View Source
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77 years, 11 months, 10 days

Anchorage Daily News April 19, 2011

Longtime Alaskan Donald "Don" Gene Sisson, 77, died April 12, 2011, in Anchorage, surrounded by his family.

Don was born May 2, 1933, near Logansport, Ind., where he met his wife-to-be, Kathy. The couple arrived in Anchorage in 1952, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. They vowed never to leave this beautiful state. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force and went to work for the FAA as an electronics technician. Upon leaving the FAA, he started his own business, Sisson Guide Service. Through his tenure as a guide, he achieved the status of master guide. Don was tough as nails, stubborn as a mule and an independent Alaskan who loved his family and the outdoors. He was a homesteader who enjoyed boating, snowmachining, hunting, trapping, commercial fishing and telling of life experiences. For many years, Don flew Super Cubs in and out of the Birchwood Airport and was known by most. His mechanical abilities enabled him to rebuild and repair many Super Cubs in his shop near his home. He was an excellent pilot who taught many to fly.

Donald is survived by his children, Sherry Quirk, Paul Sisson and Rusty Sisson, grandchildren, Jason Dresnek, DeAnna Bistodeau, Crystal Stearling, Heather Steeby, Katie Orozco and Logan Sisson, and many great-grandchildren. He has joined his wife, Kathy; daughter, Joni Dresnek; and brother, Larry Sisson of Alaska. Don was also preceded in death by his other nine siblings. He will be missed dearly by his family, community and everyone who knew him. The family would like to thank Pearle and Anna at Fine Pearle Assisted Living Home for their excellent care. Arrangements are with the Cremation Society of Alaska, Visit the online memorial at

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 71569505
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Donald Gene Sisson (2 May 1933–12 Apr 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71569505, citing Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA ; Maintained by William Harris (contributor 46563364) .