A celebration of life was held in Anchorage with family and close friends on April 23, 2016 in Anchorage.
Kevin Lynn Mitchell, 38, of Anchorage, was presumed deceased on September 22, 2015 from hypothermia amidst the Alaskan wilderness after an exhaustive search effort at mile 87.5 along the Seward Highway led by the Alaskan Troopers and AMRG and family and friends. He was born February 21, 1977 in Anchorage, the son of Gary and Janet (Ground) Mitchell. He often shared good memories of their family cabin in Cooper Landing where he hiked, fished and explored nature. Kevin graduated from Dimond High School in 1995 where he was an honor roll student, took 2nd place in the State Wrestling Championship and won the State Football championship as an all-star varsity football player. He received a scholarship for wrestling at the Southern Oregon University in Ashland before he transferred to the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls where he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Kevin had a passion for learning and taking on new hobbies from hiking, biking, and kayaking to wood working and cooking. In college, he travelled in the South Pacific as part of “Semester at Sea”. He also got training in Houston on a C-131 reduced-gravity aircraft. His passion for flight was re-ignited when Kevin started paragliding and para-motoring in his 30s amongst the beauty of Alaska’s mountains. While working as a field engineer for General Electric, he met his future wife Nicole Leary and asked her to come with him to Alaska. They were married in Greenfield, Indiana on September 25, 2004. They lived in Anchorage where Kevin worked as a Power Plant Superintendent at Municipal Light