December 13, 2009
It was with sadness that I learned last week of the passing of Jay Hudson of Talkeetna, Alaska. Jay is the son of Cliff and Ollie Hudson. Cliff is the bush pilot who spotted the wreckage of our C-47 in the Susitna Valley back in 1954 in time to make a difference in whether or not we survived.
Jay followed in his father's footsteps, learning to fly at an early age and eventually establishing his own reputation for excellence. The wall at Hudson Air in Talkeetna holds citations testifying to Jay's skill and bravery.
In 2004, my son Jonathan and I sat with Jay at a table alongside Main Street in front of the Hudson family house. Jay entertained us for over an hour with a lesson on the unique politics of the little Alaskan village. It was a side of him I had not experienced, and one that I remember. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cliff and Ollie, and to the entire the Hudson family and Jay's many friends in South Central Alaska.
The link below is to the obit, and a chance to sign the guest book for the Hudson family: