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Jean Lynn, Valdez Star cofounder, died Sunday after illness

She was a tenacious defender of her family and the things she loved in life


The cofounder of the Valdez Star died Sunday, closing the door on the tenacious couple who founded the town's lone surviving newspaper.

Jean Lynn died Sunday evening according to her son, Richard Lynn, who had been caring for his mother in Big Lake, where she moved in 2011.

Jean, age 87, founded the Valdez Star, along with her late husband Pat Lynn, in the heady days after the oil spill. At the time, the couple owned KVAK radio, and ran the business as a family enterprise. She was also an independent business owner for some time.

Her son Richard said his mother had a great 30 years in Valdez.

Jean, who was Canadian by birth, will have a service in Big Lake later this week according to her son. A date for a Valdez memorial will be announced at a future date.

Jean was an inspirational woman: a combination of warmth with a will of steel, who ran the Valdez Star business office, while supporting her husband both at work and in the office.

Even into her late 70s, Jean would work over 50 hours a week, six days a week, while keeping her house immaculate and providing solid foundation for her family, business and friends.

She will be missed.


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