Jean McLane


Jean’s family moved to Anchorage in 1957.  Jean attended Anchorage High School, graduating with the Class of 1961, the last year for the one-and-only high school in Anchorage.

He held summer jobs in the bush during college. At the University of Oregon, he met Sue from Honolulu; they were married in 1964. They took their son and daughter to Germany for a decade while Jean taught English at a German school. The kids still speak German like natives.

Jean’s later experiences in the U.S. included being a German teacher, Harley biker, programmer-analyst and horse trainer. He is retired now on a ranchette near San Antonio, where he and his wife enjoy the grandkids, horses, dogs, cats, chickens and the wildlife. Jean inherited his Dad’s 5-string banjo and plays a little bluegrass.

Counting Salmon for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Nuyakuk Cabin, 1962. © Jean McLane It was June, 1962, and I was in Anchorage, living temporarily at Terry D’s, waiting for July. Then I would fly to Dillingham to begin a temporary summer life as a salmon counter for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Read More