Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 8:18 PM on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Justin Keith 'J.T.' Tennison

March 27, 1977-Feb. 22, 2011


Justin Keith 'J.T.' Tennison

Anchor Point and Homer resident, Mr. Justin Keith "J.T." Tennison, 33, died Feb. 22, 2011, in Homer.

Memorial services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2011, at the Chapman School in Anchor Point. Pastor Phil Reemtsma from Calvary Baptist Church in Kenai and Pastor Jim Handing from Anchor Point Baptist Church will be officiating. Justin's ashes will be scattered this spring in the fish grounds of the great Alaska waters.

Mr. Tennison was born March 27, 1977, to Preston and Nancy Nichols Jobe. In April of 1983, he came to Anchor Point with his mother and little sister, Kayla. One week later his mother died of cancer. His grandparents, Mike and Linda Tennison, adopted Justin and Kayla, raising them in the Anchor Point and Homer area. J.T. worked many different jobs after high school, but his first love was fishing. J.T. left Alaska several times throughout his adult life to pursue different fields of work. He worked in Washington state off and on and he tried the oil fields of Oklahoma and he even tried his hand at being a cowboy in Texas with his birth father, Preston, but he always came home to Alaska. His dream was to work on a large fishing vessel, which was fulfilled two years ago when he got on the F/V Time Bandit.

His grandmother wrote, "He loved life and lived it as he said it. He always wanted to be famous and accomplished this by working for the Hillstrand brothers on the F/V Time Bandit. I will miss him greatly." His sister Kayla wrote, "Justin was my best friend, my hero and my big brother. He loved life, his children, his family and friends. He had a huge heart and a contagious laugh and smile. I will miss my big brother so much. No one could ever replace him."

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Nichols Jobe, and cousin and best friend, Jeramy Russell. He is survived by his daughter, Dakota Tennison and son, Carter Tennison; sister, Kayla Tennison, and niece, Kristina Woolsey; nephew, Codey Woolsey; grandparents, Mike and Linda Tennison; father, Preston Jobe; and a host of other family in Alaska, Oklahoma and Texas.

Memorial donations may be made to any Wells Fargo Bank.