Calvin Fred Sr.


Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2008

Former Angoon resident Calvin Matthew Fred Sr., of Anchorage, died Jan. 3, 2008, at his home. He was 57.

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Born Feb. 21, 1950, in Angoon, he attended Angoon Elementary School, Chemawa Indian School, L.H. Bates Vocational Technical Institute, in Tacoma, Wash., and Haskell Indian College. He also served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.

He worked in commercial fishing (purse seining) from 1964 to 1983 and as a federal employee at Alaska Native Medical Center from 1983 until his retirement in 2001.

He was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church, Angoon Community Association, Kootznoowoo Inc., Sealaska Corp., Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 7 and Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 33.

He was awarded the 1993 PHS Commendation, 1998 Director's Award and the 2001 Recognition for 20 Years of Service Award. He coached an Anchorage adult men's basketball team from 1992 to 1996.

He was Kaagwantaan originating from the Gaaw Hit (drum house) in Klukwan. He was decitan yadi, wooskeetan Duchxun. His Tlingit name was Stoowooka, same as his great-uncle, Louis Shotridge. Family members said he was very proud of his Tlingit name, clan and warrior heritage.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Eugene W. Johnson; father, Matthew J. Fred Sr.; and sisters, Patricia Ramirez and Sally Fred.

He is survived by his son, Calvin M. Fred Jr., of Anchorage; mother, Elizabeth "Bessie" Fred, of Angoon; uncle, William Johnson, of Anchorage; adopted uncle, Donald Frank, of Angoon; sisters, Marlene Zuboff and Maxine Thompson, of Angoon, Lillian Fred, of Juneau, and Margaret Ivory and Frances Klotz, both of Anchorage; brothers, Matthew Jr., Michael, Gilbert and Eugene Fred, all of Angoon, and Marti Fred, of Anchorage.

Memorial Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Angoon.

Honorary pallbearers will be Duane Albert, of Anchorage; Charles John, of Juneau; Tom Farquhar, of Anchorage; Lester Pete, of Anchorage; Charlie Newman, of Anchorage; and Tom and Ted Gordon, of Anchorage.

Memorial donations may be made to Matthew J. Fred Jr., P.O. Box 125, Angoon, AK 99820. Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory handled arrangements.

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