Garry L Chandler of Fairbanks died peacefully in November 2020 with his family by his side. Born in Van Nuys, California, September 1940, he lived in Fairbanks for 64 years. He spent his summers in his youth in Kotzebue with the Ferguson family.
He served honorably as a paratrooper in the US Army during the Vietnam War, in the 82nd Airborne Division.
He was in the first class of Lathrop high school and hand carried the books over from Main high school to Lathrop. One of the highlights of his life was going to class reunions. He never missed one.
He was in one of the first classes to graduate from the Carpenter apprentice school in Fairbanks.
He was a contractor, as well as a construction supervisor in many large Alaskan projects including the early construction phase and later phases of the pipeline, in the bush, throughout Fairbanks, as well as the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He also spent many years working with Doyon Ltd.
Garry was a lifelong learner with many talents, always trying new things. He earned his pilot’s license and flew to villages in the Bush. After retiring he did oil painting and wrote a book, Birch, the One and Only, published in 2015. He painted the cover which included his grandson, Dustin Baxter.
He enjoyed traveling throughout the world in many places including Hong Kong, China and the Caribbean. He loved to swim and got certified as a scuba diver. He spent many holidays in Hawaii with his family, where they met other families and made many lifelong friends.
He loved his friends and family and was greatly loved.
Garry is survived by his wife of 55 years , Kay Chandler, children, Tammy (Ron) Baxter of Fairbanks and Becky (partner Dan Altman) Chandler of OR; his grandchildren, Kaylen (Gabrielle) and Amber Baxter and Isabelle Nicolier of Fairbanks; his brothers, Kent (Omega) Chandler of WA; great grandchildren, Kamdin, Dominic, and Vaylen Baxter, grandson’s widow, Kamilah Baxter, sister in-law, Bonnie Yoder Slay of Seattle, WA; nephew Ethan Slay, niece Jenny Slay, and lifelong friends Tim Wallis, Johnny Moneymaker and Vick Salzburg.
Garry is preceded in death by his grandson Dustin Baxter, who tragically passed away, in August 2020, his father Robert (Bob) Chandler, mother Charleen Chandler Brown, and brother Frank Ferguson.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the Summer of 2021.
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