Alaska's Last Territorial Governor, A Medford Resident, Passes Away

By Jim McCoy Tue 18th February NewsAlaska territoryMike Stepovich
Services for former Alaska territorial Gov. Mike Stepovich will be held next week in Fairbanks. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Feb. 28, at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/QU5Dq2) the Rosary and viewing will be the evening of Feb. 27 at Immaculate Conception Church. Stepovich died Friday in San Diego at the age of 94 after suffering a head injury in a fall. President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Stepovich as territorial governor in 1957. He served a year before resigning for an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate. After that, he practiced law in Fairbanks, where he and his wife, Matilda, raised their 13 children. Stepovich had lived for the last 30 years in Medford, Ore., but maintained Alaska residency. Sports fans are familiar with Stepovich as the father-in-law of NBA legend John Stockton, who is married to the former Nada Stepovich, a 1980 graduate of St. Mary's High School.

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