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Bryan Peele Timbers
Nome resident Bryan Peele Timbers, 64, died April 6, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center while surrounded by family.
A service was held April 14 in Nome.
Bryan was born Jan. 1, 1943, in Yakima, Wash., to John and Edythe Mae Timbers. He has an older sister, Dianne, and younger brothers, John and Gary. Bryan spent his childhood on the family farm in Kirkland, Wash., before moving to Tucson, Ariz., in 1955. He stayed until graduating with a law degree from the University of Arizona.
Seeking adventure in the summer of 1969, Bryan moved to Juneau to clerk for Superior Court Judge Thomas Stewart. In 1970, he accepted the assistant public defender position in the Second Judicial District of Alaska based in Nome. In 1974, he and two friends formed the private law firm Larson, Timbers & Van Winkle Inc., Attorneys at Law. That same year, he married RoseAnn S. Tarpenning. Their first child, Gregory, was born in 1976, followed by Kirsten in 1982.
Bryan served as a board member for Alaska Legal Services Corp. since 1995, was the director and president of the Alaska Pro Bono Program Inc. since its inception in 2000, served on the Nome Planning Commission since 2000, and was on the Nome Community Center board of directors since 2005.
"Bryan strongly believed in making contributions to his community and state, and tremendously enjoyed his post-retirement work, which he considered the most satisfying of his life," his family wrote.
His favorite pastimes included hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, camping, bicycling, tennis, reading and current events. He enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with his family and greatly appreciated living in Nome, with nature as its backyard.
"Bryan lived his life according to a set of high principles that were taught to him by his parents and formed through his experiences," his family wrote. "Bryan strongly believed in eliminating social injustices, was always willing to help individuals and organizations in need, was never judgmental, and strived to make society a better place. His personality, contributions, kindness, patience, sense of humor, guidance and willingness to help will be missed by all."
Bryan is survived by his longtime companion, RoseAnn Timbers; children, Greg and Kirsten Timbers; sister, Dianne Timbers; brothers, Gary and John Timbers; sisters-in-law, Barb and Joy Timbers, Clara Tootkaylok and Kathy Sweetland; brothers-in-law, Raymond Tootkaylok and Richard Schulling; nieces, Christy Rife, Rosemary Tootkaylok, Rosaleen Osterback, Liz Johnson, Cynthia Gray, Helen Bohn and Emmylou Vial; and nephews, Josh Timbers and Bobby Curran Jr.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Edythe and John Timbers; brother-in-law, Robert Tootkaylok; sister-in-law, Ruth Tootkaylok; and uncle, Joseph Curran.
Donations may be made to Alaska Legal Services Corp., 9170 Jewel Lake Road, Suite 100, Anchorage 99502. Please specify that donations are made in memory of Bryan P. Timbers. Friends may mail condolences to P.O. Box 1696, Nome 99762.
Arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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