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Death Notice: Thomas Jack Farquhar

Posted: July 15, 2014 - 12:01am

Thomas Jack Farquhar, born Oct. 6, 1957, in Sitka, Alaska, died July 6, 2014, at the age of 56 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Farquhar’s Tlingit name was Deiyikt Aa (a frog sitting in the trail). He graduated from Sitka High School in 1975. After college he spent his career working as a mental health professional, focusing on substance abuse treatment. He also served as the vice president for the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes. In 2002, he was named the hit s’aati (housemaster) at At Oowaxijee Hit (Strong House) of Kiksadi in Sitka. That year, he was named after the warrior Katlian, who fought against the Russians in 1804.

Farquhar is survived by his children, Jeremiah, Sheldon, Tiana and Roderick Farquhar; his brother, Cyrus Farquhar; sister, Helen Konig; nephew, Charles Farquhar; and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held from 1-5 p.m., July 15 at Witzelben Chapel on Bragaw St. in Anchorage. A forty-day party will be held on Aug. 16, the time and date to be determined.

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