John Sagan

ANCHORAGE

John M. Sagan, 56

Anchorage resident John Sagan, 56, died suddenly July 10, 2005, in Talkeetna after suffering a heart attack.

A visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Witzleben's Bragaw Chapel. A service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 2111 Muldoon Road.

Mr. Sagan was born Jan. 26, 1949, in Virton, Belgium, and immigrated to the United States when he was 4 years old. He grew up near Philadelphia and attended Penn State University.

He enlisted in the Army and served in the Signal Corps during the Vietnam War. He moved to Alaska in 1973 to work on remote communication sites.

He met Donna Hurdle in Alaska in 1980; they were married in 1982 and lived in Anchorage for the past 25 years.

Mr. Sagan worked for Alascom for more than 30 years as a communications technician in various parts of the state but primarily in Anchorage.

"John loved the outdoors and particularly enjoyed canoeing in Alaska lakes, which he did frequently with his wife in the summer," his family said. "He was also an avid reader and interested in communications and technology. He enjoyed indoor gardening and raised beautiful African violets. John loved the water, was a scuba diver and had an aquarium for many years."

Mr. Sagan is survived by his wife, Donna Hurdle; sisters, Genevieve VanDenHout, Christine Sagan and Elizabeth Sagan-Graves; brother, Michael Sagan; and six nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Marie-Jadoul Sagan; and his mother-in-law, Bettye Hurdle.

Flowers are welcome at the service, or memorial contributions may be made to KAKM Public Television in Mr. Sagan's name, at 3877 University Drive, Anchorage 99508.

Memorial tributes may be made at www.mem.com.