Jack W. Epperson

Jack Warren Epperson, 91, of Homer, passed away July 9, 2013, after a short illness at his home in Homer. Per Jack’s wishes, no memorial services are planned.

Jack, born Oct. 21, 1921, in Frontenac, Kan., spent his school days in New Raymer, Colo. After serving as a P-51 pilot during World War II, he returned to Los Angeles where he and his wife, Mary, had two children, Dean and Terry. In 1954 Jack moved his family to Alaska and homesteaded, first in the Ninilchik area and later on Epperson Knob. Eventually, Jack and Mary had a home built on the hillside in Homer with a large yard and spectacular views of Kachemak Bay. One of Jack’s favorite pastimes was watching birds throughout the year, and most especially, the sandhill cranes that frequented the family property every summer, including the morning he passed away.

Jack was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary and Allen Epperson; his brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Vivian Epperson; his brother, Keith Epperson; and his grandson, Shane Harrington.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary Epperson; daughter and son-in-law, Terry and Stan Harrington of Anchor Point; son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Cindy Epperson of Anchorage; grandchildren, Shanna Baxter and Heath Harrington of Anchor Point, Heidi McLay of Anchorage; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Jack to Hospice of Homer, P.O. Box 4174, Homer AK 99603.