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In Memory

Maynard Tapp

Maynard Tapp
June 6, 1947 - September 12, 2017

Prominent businessman and long-time Alaskan Maynard V. Tapp, 70, passed away September 12 in Anchorage after a short illness.

Maynard was born and raised in Seattle. He attended the University of Washington, and was a member of the UW rowing crew.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma.

Maynard served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve during the Vietnam Era. Subsequently, in his professional life he was a significant supporter of the Fallen Heroes Project, which recognizes and salutes military sacrifice. 

After serving his country, Maynard worked both domestically and internationally as a project control professional in the engineering and construction industry, work that included the trans-Alaska pipeline project during its original construction and throughout its operating life.

In 1985 Maynard founded Hawk Consultants to provide project control and project management services for major oilfield and pipeline projects, and became a noted businessman in the Alaskan oil patch. Through Hawk, he identified, developed, and employed hundreds of qualified professionals who continue to serve in the oil and gas industry.

Maynard served on the boards of The Alaska Support Industry Alliance and the Alaska Chapter of the Project Management Institute. In 2010, he was unanimously elected as Director Emeritus of the Alliance as an expression of their appreciation for his enduring contributions to the organization and the industry.

Maynard was a significant contributor to the University of Alaska, serving on its Engineering, Science and Project Management Department's (ESPM) Advisory Board. In addition, he was a deeply consequential supporter of the University’s Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP).

In 2016, the Alaska State Legislature recognized and honored Maynard for his service to the state and its oil and gas industry, and highlighted him as a thoughtful and articulate Alaska business owner and energy industry leader with great passion for his adopted state and its industry and culture.

His company released a statement: “Maynard was a good friend and a caring and ethical business partner, and we will miss him and his wise counsel.”

He is survived by his brother Roger of Lynnwood, Washington, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Michael G. Reagan Fallen Heroes Project, organizations that support breast cancer awareness, an organization of your choice considering those listed above.

A Memorial Gathering is to be held at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium at the University of Alaska on Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3:00 p.m.  Updates and a complete obituary can be found at Janssen Funeral Homes Inc. 


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09/14/17 10:17 AM #1    

George Heywood

Maynard was a great person and true friend. I met up with him in 1985. Maynard was always concerned about his employees and their well being A true gentleman. He will be sorely missed.

09/14/17 12:59 PM #2    

Dave Rees

Maynard was a good friend and advisor through the years and I got to work with him across the industry. He not only provided great technical support to many projects and organizations but he paid constant attention to developing people in his own company as well as helping build an Alaskan workforce. He was a good career guide for the young engineers and helped develop project-ready Alaskans from interns to new-hires. He was always available to talk about the business, about the state and about careers. Thanks, Maynard.

09/15/17 07:38 AM #3    

Bill Howitt

I first met Maynard in 1990 when he started doing project control work for major projects at Alyeska.  We needed more project professionals and Maynard started providing some very good people through his Hawk business.  Through it all he was absolutely reliable, trustworthy, caring and thoughtful.  A really great guy.  After retirement from Alyeska I had the privilage of working for Hawk and my opinion of Maynard only grew.  He really cared about all his employees as well as his clients.  He always strived to do the right thing. I'll miss you Maynard.  We all will. Rest in peace. The world is a better place because of you.



09/15/17 08:16 AM #4    

Mel Jessee

I first met Maynard in the early 90's when his company was supplying Project Control staff for Alyeska, and saw him work tirelessly to find the best people to help us build our team. A few years later, I had the pleasure of working directly 1:1 with him developing a very complex and detailed implementation plan and schedule for our Quality Business Process Reengineering (BPR) efforts. He was always the teacher…willing to help others by sharing his knowledge and expertise. He taught me a great deal, and I will forever be grateful to him. I will always remember his big smile and warm engaging personality. Maynard always took care of those around him. Goodbye my old friend…and god bless you for all of your good works!   ~Mel Jessee

09/16/17 08:14 AM #5    

June Vernoy

So sad to hear of Maynard's passing.  Wishing his family the best. Maynard was truly a caring individual and will be a great loss for HAWK and their employees/clients.  Rest in Peace Maynard.

09/16/17 09:39 AM #6    

Chuck O'Donnell

I was very sorry to hear of Maynard's passing. I agree with all the points that have been shared by our fellow Pipeliners, but also remember the fantastic things that he did throughout his career in and for the community. Maynard never hesitated to rise to the need of others, and was instrumental in helping various organizations that need help and leadership to reach their respective goals. He will be missed by all of us.

09/17/17 10:23 PM #7    

Mike Smulski

I trhink Howitt said it best - "reliable, trustworthy, caring, and thoughtful". Maynard was all these things. Go with God my friend.

09/18/17 12:12 PM #8    

Kenneth Peacock


I have known Maynard for many years and visited with him at his home and also during during his recent time in hospital. My wife Pat and I are saddened by his passing and we remember him as a friend and a kind, caring person with a wealth of knowledge and common sense. He will be missed.


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