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ASRC mourns the passing of Congressman Don Young

A fierce advocate for Alaska and Alaska Native people

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) is remembering Congressman Don Young as a partner of the region and tireless advocate for all of Alaska. ASRC President & CEO, Rex A. Rock, Sr. stated, “We remember and honor Congressman Young for his years of service to the people of our state, and we thank his family for the sacrifices they made for over five decades while he worked on behalf of all Alaskans.”

ASRC former Chairman and longtime family friend Oliver Leavitt shared, “He was loved by many people on the North Slope, and he loved the people of the North Slope.  Congressman Young was a man who knew what it meant to work together; his bi-partisan nature was truly a gift to Alaska. His hard work on behalf of Alaska will be felt for generations to come. I will miss my friend, we mourn with his wife, Anne, and with the entire Young family.”

ASRC Chairman, Crawford Patkotak, said, “Alaska and the country lost a great leader today.  Congressman Young was not only a friend to the people of the North Slope, but he was also a fierce advocate for Alaska Native rights. We were blessed to have him represent the people of our great state.  We pray for and extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Congressman Young.”

Congressman Young was the Dean of the House and the longest-serving member of the current Congress. He served as Alaska’s lone Congressman for twenty-five terms, often referred to as the Congressman for all Alaska. He was married to Lu Young for 46 years before her passing in 2009.

About ASRC

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1989 to Alaska Natives born after 1971, the corporation’s shareholder base has nearly quadrupled, growing from the 3,700 original enrollees to approximately 13,000 today. ASRC’s Corporate headquarters are located in Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies employs roughly 14,000 people across the state and the Lower 48. ASRC has six major business segments: government services, petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, industrial services, construction and resource development.


Catherine Pickels

Director of Communications

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