Jack V. Koby

Obit:Wednesday, March 19, 1969
Juneau Co, Alaska

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Jack V. Koby, 76, a fifty-year Alaskan, died March 19 in Juneau. A renowned explorer, guide and mountaineer, Koby was on the first expedition to cross Kodiak Island after the Katmai eruption in 1912, and was an early explorer of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. He made a winter hike from Juneau to the mouth of the MacKenzie River and was in the first party to cross Mendenhall Glacier. He established a ranch on the Taku River at a point now known as Koby's Landing, and at one time raised and sold live beaver. Surviving are a son, John, of Pelican, a daughter, Mrs. Dapello of LaPuente, California, and a sister, Mrs. George Baker of Auke Bay. � [Aug1969]

Source: Alaska Sportsman, Aug 1969

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