ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska tourism leader from Valdez has died. Stan Stephens was 78.
His family said he died Saturday from a rare disease, amyloidosis, which causes a buildup of protein that damages the heart.
His tourism business, now known as Stan Stephens Glacier and Wildlife Cruises, has operated in Prince William Sound for years.
He also was an advocate for Prince William Sound after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. The Anchorage Daily News reports (http://is.gd/s70AzG) he worked with the oil industry to protect the natural beauty and improve practices. He was a founding member of the Prince William Sound Regional citizens Advisory Council.
The family is planning celebrations of life in Valdez on Oct. 4, in Fairbanks on Oct. 18 and in Anchorage Oct. 19.