Week of June 6, 2011
The village of Circle is sorry to report that our longtime friend, Carl Cochrane, passed away during the week of June 6, 2011, at his home on Birch Creek.
Carl was raised at many naval bases where his father was assigned. He was living at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed by the Japanese in 1942. Carl's mother, his older brother and Carl and his twin brother escaped and were moved to San Diego.
Carl attended high school and a technical school where he became a
He later began working in the shipyards in San Diego, and spent all of his free time in the woods, learning skills of the outdoorsman. Carl studied the American Indian culture and became very interested in Alaska Native cultures.
Eventually, he became tired of the "city life," and decided to come to Alaska. He drove up the Alaska Highway, to the northernmost point at the time - Circle.
When he arrived in Circle 42 years ago, he met his closest friends,
Albert and Alice Carroll Sr., who became a second family to Carl, as well as
the John Boys, Boyle and Hutchinson families. He spent a lot of time with
Albert learning trapping, hunting and fishing skills.
His canine companions, Blackie and Brownie, were his pals that he loved and cared for many years.
Carl was a master carpenter, carver, hunter, trapper, anthropologist, archaeologist, fisherman and a friend to all. He liked to learn the old Native crafts, and taught himself birch bark basketry, bone carving, tanning, beading and many other crafts. To be a recipient of a piece of his work was very special.
Carl lived near the Yukon Quest trail, and he assisted any musher that came to his door. At 40 below or 40 above, he always had a pot of coffee and something to eat on his wood stove. Many repeat Quest mushers looked forward to the many stories he told.
Carl will be greatly missed by his many friends, mushers and the village of Circle.
No funeral is planned. His cremains will be scattered at Birch Creek near
Published in Daily News-Miner on June 16, 2011
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