Soldotna mayor dies, is remembered by family, community
Soldotna Mayor John Nels Anderson passed away Tuesday morning, according to a Facebook post by his son, Nate Anderson.
The post reads:
"Our dad, John Nels Anderson MD, “Doc”, Mayor Anderson passed to the other side this morning. I couldn’t be more proud to be his son. He went down fighting to the end.
Love you dad. Will never watch a Dodger Game, eat a bowl of chocolate chip mint ice cream, or back bounce Big Eddy without thinking of you. Till we meet again."
City Manager Stephanie Queen said members of the community called City Hall throughout the day, to discuss the news and share condolences.
Queen described Anderson as a dedicated public servant who never sought recognition or attention. She said his service as mayor pales in comparison to his other contributions to the community.
He was a well-respected and widely known physician who offered in vitro fertilization to Alaska families. She estimated he must have delivered more than 1,000 babies. He also ran the Iditarod in the early '90s and was a dutch oven cook-off champion, according to Queen.
Queen said those who knew him are still shocked and processing the news of his passing. She anticipates the city administration will begin looking into next steps later in the week.
KSRM reports Dr. Anderson had been fighting an ongoing illness.
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