Carl Harvey Lautenberger, 53, died suddenly April 18, 2010, in Anchorage.
A celebration of his life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Central Lutheran Church.
Carl was a devoted son, cherished husband, patient father and loyal friend.
He was born Aug. 8, 1956, in Massapequa, N.Y., to Harvey and Anita Lautenberger. He grew up in Baldwin, N.Y., and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1974.
He attended Cook College, graduating in 1979. He received his master's degree in engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1992.
Carl met his wife, Frances Ellen Covais, at Rutgers, where they both worked at the university dining hall. They began dating in 1978 and were married at St. Mary's Church in Middletown, N.J., on April 25, 1981.
Carl became an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1979 and was stationed at the Marine Safety Office in New Haven, Conn. The Lautenbergers moved to Alaska in 1984.
In 1986, Carl left the Coast Guard and went to work for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Carl was a long-time emergency response professional who emerged as a national expert and instructor on the Incident Command System used globally to organize responders to large-scale emergencies. He was forever passionate about his work and dedicated to the EPA's mission, demonstrating the highest levels of leadership and integrity throughout his career.
Carl enjoyed fishing and kayaking, both in Alaska and at his second home on Cape Cod. He liked to travel and loved to photograph sunsets and exotic places.
He is survived by his wife, Frances, a professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage; his son, Mathew, graduating from the University of Rhode Island this spring; his sister, Bonnie Hickey, her husband Tommie and their children; his sister, Christine Simone; his mother- and father in-law, Mary and Tony Covais; his five sisters-in-law and their husbands; 22 nieces and nephews; two grand-nephews; and Bob the dog.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Central Lutheran Youth or the American Cancer Society .