By Peter Zuyus
Tom Bearup came to Alaska in the year 1975, settling in the town of Soldotna. Very soon after arriving in Soldotna, Tom became a Soldotna Police Officer. Tom soon met his future wife Adele, a local girl. She was raised in the Sterling/Soldotna area and graduated Kenai High School. They were married in Kenai on June 24, 1976. In addition, during this busy time in their life, Tom and Adele adopted two Alaska Native children.
Tom and Adele’s first child was born in Anchorage after a hectic drive up the Sterling and Seward highways with Adele in labor. The roads were more like paved trails in those days and the ride an adventure on a winding 2 lane road. After serving with the Soldotna Police department, Tom was elected to be Mayor of Soldotna in 1979. Tom and Adele soon had two more children born at the Soldotna Hospital, the only area hospital at the time, while he served as Mayor of Soldotna.
Tom Bearup was once recommended to be the nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Korea.
Senator Ted Stevens, March 20, 1981 –
“I wish to recommend Mr. Thomas R. Beaup for an Ambassadorship to South Korea.
Tom has served as Mayor of Soldotna, Alaska and is well respected as a business associate, civic leader and friend by a great many people. The enclosed correspondence will confirm the overwhelming support for Tom. He is enthusiastic and quickly gains the support and respect from his peers.”
Rep. Don Young April 7, 1981 –
“It is my great pleasure to recommend Mr. Tom Bearup for the appointment of U.S. Ambassador to Korea.
Tom’s credentials are solid, and I believe with his thoughtful approach, coupled with his knowledge of Korea and her people, Tom would be a very fine and able diplomat, not only for our nation, but for the our state of Alaska.”
Tom and Adele are active members of the Soldotna community. Tom is currently seeking the office of Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor.
Peter Zuyus is a friend and associated with the Tom Bearup campaign.