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Bryce Henry Golden, 40, died Sept. 16, 2019 in Homer, Alaska following 5-months of cancer treatment. A memorial will be held in Homer on Sept. 28 at 1 pm at the Bidarka Inn Glacierview Room.
Bryce was born March 15, 1979 in Provo, Utah. He moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 2001 and to Homer in 2017.
At 16, Bryce started working in direct-care for developmentally disabled adults and went on to work in elder care and with troubled teens before earning a BA in Psychology from UAA in 2010 and a MS in Counseling Psychology from APU in 2016. During his grad program, he volunteered with Identity, Inc. Behavioral health in the LGBTQ community was a cause close to his heart.
Bryce was a therapist at South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services. His areas of specialty included healing from trauma, schema therapy, and EMDR. In Anchorage, he worked at North Star Behavioral Health, Alaska Child and Family, Providence Medical Group Behavioral Health Services, and as a stay-at-home dad. Over his 24-year career he served diverse populations, including immigrants, juvenile offenders, and those with dementia.
Those who knew Bryce best will remember his playfulness, discernment, honesty, and radically compassionate empathy and acceptance. Everyone loved and felt at ease with Bryce, but he was especially gifted at holding space for people in distress. He found great joy in being fully present with others and understanding their perspectives, especially when their perspectives challenged his own. Bryce had no interest in authority or status. He championed the downtrodden and delighted in cage-rattlers and pot-stirrers.
He is survived by his wife of 20-years, Jessica Ramsey Golden, their daughters Esme and Ilsa, and in Utah, his mother, Margie Golden, his siblings Bryant and Blake Golden, Amy Greenhlagh, and Allison Leonard, as well as countless friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Mitch Golden.
In leiu of flowers, please send donations in Bryce's honor to the Homer Foundation (3733 Ben Walters Ln # 4, Homer, AK 99603) and write Bryce Golden Fund for Behavioral Health on the memo line.
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