POLITICIAN IN THE UNITED STATES With the death of her husband Eugene, Mary Peltola suffered a devastating loss.
Eugene’s marriage to the Democratic congresswoman was her third marriage.
Who was Rep Mary Peltola’s husband, Eugene?
Mary Peltola is a US Representative from Alaska, and her late third husband, Eugene Peltola Jr., was a wildlife manager.
Eugene, like his wife, was from Alaska and resided between Fairbanks, Bethel, and Anchorage.
He has held various marine and wildlife management posts in his home state throughout his career.
His most recent position was as an assistant regional director for the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s subsistence management division.
He was also a former Bureau of Indian Affairs regional director for Alaska.
Mary was previously married to Jonathan Kapsner and Joe G. Nelson before marrying Eugene Jr.
What was Eugene’s cause of death?
Eugene’s death was revealed by US Rep. Peltola on September 13, 2023.
That Wednesday morning, her office informed her that he had died in a plane crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration reported Eugene was the plane’s pilot and the only one onboard.
He is survived by his wife, his three children from a previous relationship, as well as his four stepchildren.
“We are devastated to share that Mary’s husband, Eugene Peltola Jr. – ‘Buzzy’ to all of us who knew and loved him – passed away earlier this morning following a plane accident in Alaska,” Peltola’s team shared on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“He was one of those people that was obnoxiously good at everything.
“He had a delightful sense of humor that lightened the darkest moments.
“He was definitely the cook in the family. And the family was most important to him.”
They added: “He was completely devoted to his parents, kids, siblings, extended family, and friends – and he simply adored Mary.
“We are heartbroken for the family’s loss. Mary is returning home to be with their family, and we ask that their privacy be respected during this time.
“Our team will continue to meet with constituents and carry on the work of the office while Mary and her family grieve.”
When was Rep Peltola elected to Congress?
Peltola defeated Sarah Palin in the state’s special election on August 31, 2022, to take over from the late Don Young.
She defeated Palin and Nick Begich III in the Midterm Elections on November 8, the same year.