Beloved Koniag Board Member M. Brent Parsons Passes Away
Koniag mourns loss of man who always put family, Koniag shareholders first
M. Brent Parsons
ANCHORAGE—Koniag Board of Directors member M. Brent Parsons passed away last week while he was attending a Koniag Board strategic planning retreat in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Brent is survived by his wife of nearly forty years, Pat, their children Alicia (Thomas), Matthew (Tovah), and Shelby, his new granddaughter Ruth (daughter of Alicia and Thomas), and his two brothers, Stephen and Lei.
“Brent was family to our Board and staff,” said Ron Unger, Koniag Board Chairman. “We will miss his friendship, mentorship, and smart, stable guidance. He was beloved by Shareholders and staff. All of Koniag’s people send their thoughts and prayers to his wife Pat and their family and friends.”
Koniag President Shauna Hegna said “When Brent talked about his ties to Kodiak Island and Koniag his eyes filled with joy and a smile always came to his face. We were blessed to have him as a Shareholder and on our Board. I will miss him as will all of our employees and Board members.”
Brent served on the Board for the last thirteen years, though he was involved with Koniag throughout his entire life. Brent would often say that serving his people on the Koniag Board was the highlight of his four-decade professional career. He enjoyed sharing stories of his most memorable family trip, taking his entire family along with his mother Selma to Kodiak to show them where she grew up, visit family, and pay respects at the grave sites of deceased relatives.
When running for re-election to the Board a year ago Brent wrote, “The best part of being a Koniag Board member is meeting and listening to shareholders and their families, visiting villages and learning about our shared history and culture. I particularly like the stories, which inspire me to be a better board member, business person, instructor, communicator and to give back to our native community.”
Though he will never be replaced, Koniag’s Board will follow its bylaws and find an interim Board member to serve out the remainder of Brent’s term.