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2017 Theme: "Our Heritage"

2017 PARADE GRAND MARSHAL JIM TRIPLETTE

Thank you for the honor of being selected as one of the Parade Marshalls for our 2017 “Heritage” themed 4th of July Parade. I am proud of being a life-long member of the Juneau community, and wish to honor my parents’ pioneer spirit and the hundreds of Juneau’s skilled craftsmen who have worked for Triplette Construction for over the last 72 years.

My father, Woodrow Triplette, with his 17 year-old bride, Nellie, moved to Alaska to homestead during the Great Depression. They built a log cabin home on Auke Lake. When the Japanese invaded the Aleutian Islands during World War II, Woody was drafted with other local skilled workers to construct bridges on the ALCAN Highway. After the war, Woody founded Triplette & Denzell Construction in 1945, then Triplette & Trucano Construction in 1955, and in 1965, Triplette Construction Co. Inc.

My father not only taught me to fish and hunt, but also included me in his construction business at a very young age. I graduated from Juneau Douglas High School and Cal Poly School of Architectural Engineering. Returning to Juneau, I rejoined Triplette Construction and along the way served 12 years on the Juneau Planning Commission.

Some early Triplette Construction projects were the Juneau Memorial Library (now the City Museum) and the first Juneau airport building. Major projects over the years have included the original Mendenhall Viewing Center, the first Alaska State Museum, Nugget Mall, Centennial Hall, AELP Operations Center, Wild Flower Court, Bartlett House, Central Fire Station, St. Vincent DePaul Smith Hall, Southeast Alaska Animal Center, 2 buildings at the JYS Montana Creek Campus, 3 district schools, 2 buildings and a pavilion at UAS Auke Bay Campus and many business buildings throughout the city.

It has been very special growing up, living and working in the Juneau-Douglas community.