Walter Haskins, 67

Former longtime Alaska resident Walter Haskins, 67, died of natural causes May 18, 2004, at Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa, Ariz.

A celebration of his life and reception was May 22 at the home of his daughter, Carrie, in Mesa.

Mr. Haskins was born March 7, 1937, in Washburn, Wis., to Hilda and Walter Haskins. He spent many years living and working in Alaska, from the late 1960s through 2003. He received his education in the U.S. Air Force. He worked for Alascom and GCI as a telecommunications technician.

Among his many accomplishments, he played guitar for the Armed Forces Network, worked on the trans-Alaska pipeline for many years, set up telecommunications for the Army during the Panama invasion, and was involved in the first "Friendship Flight" between Alaska and Russia in 1988.

His family said: "Walter loved his family and his career very much, and lived and worked his whole life to provide for his family. We love and miss him very much."

A co-worker said: "(Walter) was known far and wide as 'The guy who could get it done right.' He was always called 'the King' because he was the best of all at his chosen field. He was the greatest tech ever."

Mr. Haskins is survived by his children, Carrie Haskins-Copple of Mesa, Bob Haskins, Sam Haskins and Trace Haskins, all of San Diego, Calif., Chris Haskins of Queen Creek, Ariz., Stephanie Haskins of New York, N.Y.; mother, Hilda Haskins; siblings and spouses, Dennis and Lola, and Judy and Gerald; grandchildren, Candice and Mandi Grell, and Delci, Bobbi, Jason and April Haskins; several nieces and nephews; and honorary children, Corey Copple of Mesa, Kris Jernigan of Queen Creek, and Sabrina Lienhart-Haskins and Ken Clements, both of San Diego, and Alan Rowe of Anchorage.

Mr. Haskins was preceded in death by his siblings, Gary Haskins and Shirley Haskins.