In a heart-wrenching incident, Democratic Representative Mary Peltola faces an unimaginable loss as her husband, Eugene ‘Buzzy’ Peltola Jr., tragically perishes in a plane crash in the remote wilderness of their home state, Alaska.
The incident involved a small Piper PA-18 Super Cub aircraft, with Eugene as its sole passenger, which crashed shortly after takeoff near the Western Alaska village of St. Mary’s on a fateful Tuesday night.
A Grief-Stricken Family Awaits Answers
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has promptly initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash, while Representative Peltola makes her way back to her family in this trying time.
The loss of Eugene Peltola, a beloved figure in Alaska, has left a void not only in his family but also in the broader community.
A Devoted Public Servant Remembered
Mary Peltola, a moderate Democrat at the age of 50, was elected to represent Alaska’s at-large district in 2022, succeeding the late GOP Representative Don Young.
Young, who passed away at the age of 88 while on a flight from D.C. to Alaska, left behind a legacy that Mary Peltola was committed to carrying forward.
Anton McParland, Peltola’s chief of staff, offered a touching tribute, describing Eugene as a person of exceptional talents, a brilliant sense of humor, and an unmatched dedication to family.
His public service record includes serving as the regional director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Alaska, overseeing offices in Fairbanks and Anchorage.
Furthermore, he actively participated in local government, held positions on corporate boards, and managed two businesses. From 2010 to 2012, he was the vice-mayor and councilman for Bethel, Alaska.
Condolences Pour In from Colleagues
The devastating news of Eugene Peltola’s passing has prompted an outpouring of support from colleagues across the political spectrum.
Alaska’s Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski expressed her deep shock and sorrow, emphasizing how Eugene was cherished as a friend by many Alaskans and how he provided unwavering support to Mary, being her rock during their shared journey.
The pain of this loss reverberates through the hearts of Alaskans and those who knew Eugene ‘Buzzy’ Peltola Jr., leaving a lasting impact on the community and the nation.