Dominic Kunnuk, age 66 of Anchorage, died February 7, 2019 at Alaska Native Medical Center form complications with the flu. Dom was born in Nome to his parents Leo and Agnes Kunnuk. He was next to the youngest out of 12 siblings. He graduated from high school in 1972 where he was captain of the Nome basketball team. Dominic’s first job was at Stop Shop and Save working for Chuck Fagerstrom. Later, he worked for Norton Sound Regional Hospital as their driver.
Dominic moved to Anchorage in 1991 with his brother Vince until he got a job in Girdwood working at the Alyeska Hotel. Later, he moved back to Anchorage to work at Alaska Native Medical Center until he was physically unable to continue steady employment. He kept busy working small construction jobs in various places throughout the city until he moved to Sutton and went back and forth to Willow.
After a few years in Sutton he had to relocate back to Anchorage where he could get better health care.
Dominic finally found his own place at Cook Inlet Housing at Salamatoff Heights where he enjoyed many friends, family, bicycling and the wild life in the area near his home.
Dominic loved children and animals that seemed be drawn to him due to his gentle, calm manner and his soft-spoken voice. He enjoyed posting pictures on Facebook and keeping in touch with family and friends through social media. One of Dominic’s most exciting adventures was this last year at Christmas when he went, on his own, to the Lower 48 for the first time to visit his niece, great niece and great great nieces and nephew. He had such a good time that he had already purchased another ticket to return to New Mexico for another visit.
All of Dominic’s family and friends will miss him and remember him often. He was a gentle man with a kind heart. His final home is with the Lord. “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6
Dominic is survived by his brother Joseph Kunnuk (Mary), sister Julie Farley (Howard) and brother William Kunnuk (Karen) of Nome, sister Adrienne Carver (Ralph) of Anchorage and sister Theresa Kunnuk of Eugene, Oregon and over 40 nieces and nephews.
His brothers Leo, Vincent, Paul, Timothy, Peter and Charles and his sister Marie, preceded him in death.
Rest in Peace Dom.
Honorary Pallbearers are Everly Penetac, Frank Amarok, Chucky Chinnis, Anthony Kunnuk, Dan Carr and William Kunnuk.