Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Mourns the Passing of Nathaniel “Nate” Olemaun Jr.
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is saddened to learn of the passing of Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Olemaun Jr. The 72-year old was the husband of current ASRC board member Ida Olemaun and was killed last night while crossing E. 5th Avenue on foot near downtown Anchorage.
“Nate was a dedicated husband and father as well as community leader and will be dearly missed,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Olemaun family at this difficult time.”
Crawford Patkotak, ASRC board chairman, added, “Nate’s passing is a loss to the entire community. He was a fellow whaling captain and respected elder who we grew up with. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Ida and his extended family.”
Olemaun was born in Barrow, but left the North Slope community for more than a decade to live in the Lower 48. He came back in 1970, got married and joined his father-in-law’s whaling crew. Olemaun served as the mayor of Barrow from 1977 to 1989, and was elected to another three year term in 2004. He also served on the board of directors for Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation. Olemaun was also a military veteran, Barrow mayor emeritus and a long-time deacon at the Utqiaġvik Presbyterian Church.
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1989 to Alaska Natives born after 1971, the corporation’s shareholder base has nearly tripled, growing from the 3,700 original enrollees to around 12,000 today. Corporate headquarters are based in Barrow, Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies, is the largest Alaskan-owned company, employing approximately 10,000 people worldwide. The company has six major business segments: petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, industrial services, construction, government services and resource development.