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Past Talkeetna resident dies in Maine

by Sue Deyoe ~ April 23rd, 2009

Joseph “Jay” F. DePeter, Jr., 47, died suddenly Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at his home in Biddeford, Maine.  Born April 27, 1961 in Portland he is the son of Joseph F. DePeter, Sr. and Sally Hanson McMennamin.

Jay graduated from Westbrook High School and then served in the United States Air Force stationed in Germany and Japan.  He graduated from Husson College, Summa Cum Laude with a BS and went on to graduate from Seattle University, School of Law.  Jay received his LLM from the University of Washington and was a member of the Washington State Bar.

Jay enjoyed journaling, writing short stories and outdoor survival guides.  He volunteered at various non-profit organizations throughout his life, always having a soft spot for the underdog. His true love was for the outdoors.  An avid sportsman, Jay spent much of his time fishing, hunting and mountain climbing.  Having lived in Talkeetna, Alaska from 2004-2008, he considered it home and its residents family.  He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends.

Besides his mother Sally of Portland, his father Joseph Sr. and his significant other Nancy Mathieu of Biddeford, he is survived by his brother Thomas R. DePeter and his wife Renee of Westbrook; two nieces Marie and Emilia DePeter and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 9-10 a.m. at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland with a funeral service to follow at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jay’s favorite charity in Alaska, the “Free Box” through his brother, payable to Thomas DePeter, c/o Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, ME  04103. depeter-joseph-obit-0001Local Talkeetna residents may give donations directly to the Free Box.  They will collect names and send all cards to Jay’s brother.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the DePeter family by visiting Jay’s guest book at www.mem.com

2 Responses to Past Talkeetna resident dies in Maine

  1. John Hosey

    I knew Joe from the Air Force. We were stationed together in Okinawa with the 18th SPS Emergency Services Teams. He was a plank holder and a well respected man. His abilities were beyond measure and border mythical. In a bet with Air Force PJs, a Marine Recon Platoon and a detached SEAL unit, he outlasted all personnel by doing 100, one-armed push ups. He could have done more but everyone else quit.

  2. Eric Ulrich

    Knew him as “Joe” in the USAF.
    Joe had a strong personal code. If Joe gave you something, whether it was advice or a tangible thing, it carried a certain unforgettable weight that eludes description.
    I remember once we were aware of an impending O.R.I. (Operation Readiness Inspection) They were awful things that would drag on for days. Deciding to salvage what time we could for ourselves, we jumped into a rental car and headed to the north end of Okinawa. It was the first time I ever really explored the island, having been used to the culture near our base. I don’t think we left a stone unturned. During some of our wanderings we were actually sober. During a brief slightly less than sober trip to some giant sea-side aquarium Joe startled me with a rather lengthy quote from Shakespeare. Shakespeare! I managed to snap a shot of him during his “scene”. I never imagined the picture would someday be so hard to look at.
    “May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” my friend.

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