Gregory Jafet Waisanen

Gregory Jafet Waisanen

Gregory Jafet Waisanen, age 63, died at his home in Wasilla, Alaska on September 12, 2021. Greg was born November 3, 1957 to Rudolph and Helen (Barton) Waisanen and was raised in Ludlow, Vermont. It is there that he married his wife, Deborah in 1980.

Greg’s dreams of hunting, fishing, and learning to fly planes took him to Alaska in 1981. He soon started a family with 2 boys who shared his love for adventure throughout their childhood and young adult years. On Mother’s Day you would find Greg flying with his family into Grasshopper Creek, and during hunting season you would find him making memories in undisclosed locations out west. Owner of Collins Construction, Greg loved focusing his efforts on community-based projects including many local schools and public facilities. Many of his projects have become landmarks in the Valley such as the Wasilla Police Station and Redington Jr/Sr High School. His favorite role was as Grampa to his grandchildren. His time with them was filled with monster trucks, swords, smiles, and laughter. Grampa got you last, Little T, V, and Dangerous Dude.

Greg leaves behind his wife of 41 loving years, Deborah (Merriam) Waisanen; sons, Corey and Joshua, sisters, Lyndia Haff of Madison, CT, Melody Henderson of Providence, RI, and Deborah McKernan of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Tora of Nampa, ID, Vaeva and Axel Waisanen of Wasilla, AK, Aden Read of Wasilla, AK; and many nieces, nephews, good friends, and Skye, the only black lab in Alaska who doesn’t swim. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

If you would like to make a donation in his memory, please consider supporting one of Greg’s favorite organizations: Our Lady of the Valley School.

By the way Grampa, we got you last! Love, Little T, V, and Dangerous Dude

Greg’s memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 23rd, at 1:30pm at the Sacred Heart Church in Wasilla. The service will also be live-streamed at

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