Iver Malutin, former council board member representing the Kodiak Village Mayors Association, passed away June 25 at the age of 82.
Malutin was on the council board from May 2008 until he resigned from the board in January 2013.
In addition to the citizens’ council, Malutin volunteered on a number of other boards and commissions, including an appointment by Governor Frank Murkowski to the Alaska Commission on Aging, where he worked to promote collaboration between stakeholder agencies to improve health care services for Alaska’s elderly. Other volunteer positions included advisory boards and committees for fisheries, subsistence lifestyle, Kodiak, and Native Alaskan traditions.
“Each of us brings our own history with us into a meeting,” said Patience Andersen Faulkner, board representative from Cordova District Fishermen United, “Iver brought his family and friends when he spoke of how important an issue was to RCAC, and he shared his wisdom with a great sense of positive humor.”
“Iver was a great advocate for Native interests and for people of all persuasions, youth, elderly, those from small villages or large cities, and those who couldn’t speak up on issues,” continued Faulkner. “Iver always had a take-home message. He was engaged in the diverse RCAC issues and he was a curious, active listener and speaker. Iver lived his commitments. Iver was a loving and caring friend, and always had a hug for me. He will be missed by many across the state, and especially missed by those he touched an influenced at the council.”