Gary Knopp dead: Alaska Representative Gary Knopp cause of death – obituary – tributes
- Died: August 4, 2020
- Age: year old
- Cause of death: killed when two planes collided mid-air
How did Gary Knopp die? funeral plans.
Seven people, including Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp are dead following a mid-air collision. “Crash debris fell on a highway, which was shut down briefly out of safety concerns.”
Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a statement Friday on behalf of himself and his wife, Rose.
“The First Lady and I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to Representative Knopp’s family as they mourn his untimely passing,” Dunleavy said. “Throughout his 42 years on the Kenai Peninsula, Gary became well known as an avid outdoorsman, a skilled pilot, and a dedicated public servant. His presence will no doubt be missed by those he faithfully served.”
Gary Knopp obituary, funeral arrangement, any GoFundMe page
The family are yet to make public the obituary and funeral arrangements. We are unable to confirm if a GoFundMe was created by the family/friends of the deceased at the time of this publication.
This post will be updated with more information as they are made available and public.
Gary Knopp tributes
Family, friends and loved ones of the deceased have taken to their social media pages to share tributes, kind words and prayer.
The city of Kenai and the Kenai Peninsula Borough offered their condolences, as did state Sen. Peter Micciche, whose legislative district included Knopp’s.
“We live in a small, tight community here in the Central Peninsula. When I heard the horrific sounds of a plane crash this morning, which occurred very close to my home, I knew there was a high probability it involved someone we knew well,” Micciche said in a statement.
“I’m devastated and shocked to learn of the crash that claimed Gary Knopp’s life,” House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, of Dillingham, said in a statement. “Gary was a one-of-a-kind leader and a true Alaskan who worked tirelessly for his district in the Legislature. He will be missed by many.”
Rep. Louise Stutes of Kodiak called him a close friend and said she was heartbroken and devastated. Rep. Steve Thompson, of Fairbanks, in a statement called Knopp “one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met.”
“I’m praying for Gary, his wife Helen, and everyone impacted by today’s tragic crash,” said Anchorage Rep. Chuck Kopp.
Sen. Tom Begich, a Democrat from Anchorage, said in a statement he was stunned by the news of Knopp’s death.
“Gary was a friend,” Begich said. “As a legislator, he was a man of conscience and duty. A person I trusted and cared for, I knew he had the state’s and his constituents’ best interests at heart, always. His wife Helen and his family are all in my thoughts today.”
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