Mark Jacobs Jr.


Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2005

Southeast Alaska resident, Mark Jacobs Jr., 81, died quietly at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka around 5 p.m., on Jan. 13, 2005, with his wife, Adelaide, and son, Harold, by his side.

His Tlingit names are Saa.aat' (Cold), Keet w (White Killerwhale), Oodéishk'aduneek (Everyone Wants to Claim the Killerwhale) and Gusteiheen (Spray Behind the Dorsal Fin) and is the Naashaadeihni (Clan Leader) of the Killerwhale Clan. He is the housemaster of Keet Ht (Killerwhale House) in Angoon and some of the clan's at.ow. He was very well respected for his knowledge and commitment to the Tlingit culture and protocol. A noted historian and fluent speaker of the Tlingit language and knowledge of Tlingit culture and political history, he actively participates in Tlingit potlatches, and has used Tlingit potlatch as an intact Probate-Laws-Of-Succession to beat State Probate Law to keep Clan Property in correct Clan ownership.

He was part of the Sheldon Jackson School graduating class of 1947 and served for 34 years on the Executive Council; the last 4 years as Executive Council Emeritus, the only person to ever hold this honorary title with the tribe.

He was a proud World War II Veteran who witnessed the flag raising on Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima and recorded it in the ship's log; witnessed the second (larger) flag raising as well. He was also in the Okinawa and other campaigns. He was the former Director of Rural Development under Governor Walter J. Hickel (1967-1968).

He was preceded in death by his sons, Richard and Phillip and his daughter, Karen.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Adelaide; sons, Harold and Tony; sister, Bertha Karras; Aunt Matilda Gamble; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Juneau services are pending and will be officiated by Rev's. Richard Green and Jerry Bennett, and held at Glacier Valley Church of God, 8497 Thunder Mountain Rd., in Juneau, as soon as the weather permits safe travel. Services will also be held in Sitka at 5 p.m., on Jan. 17, at the Mother Coho House of the L'ooknax.adi (Coho Clan), at 6 p.m., on Jan. 18, at the Sheet'kakhwaan Naakahidee, the ANB Memorial Service followed by a Tlingit memorial service, and at 11 a.m., on Jan. 19, the funeral will be at the Centennial Building. He will be buried afterwards in the Sitka National Cemetery. A reception will be held afterwards at the Centennial Building.

His family and friends say, "We will all miss his profound leadership, determination, and dedication to the people of the State of Alaska and especially the Tlingit and Haida people."

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