Frank P. Mercer


Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2004

Former Juneau and longtime Anchorage resident Frank P. Mercer, 85, died Jan. 8, 2004, at the Santo Nino Home in Anchorage.

He was born Dec. 28, 1918, in Juneau to Charles and Elsie (Mercer) Bobb. He was of the Raven moiety of the T'aakdeintaan clan and from the Baby Sockeye house of Hoonah. His Tlingit name was K'aa L'ei. He was raised by his grandparents, Frank and Sally Mercer.

He was educated in Juneau and attended Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka. He held numerous jobs in commercial fishing and drove a van for the handicapped in Anchorage. He was featured in the award-winning film "Kusah Hakwaan." He was a carver and an artist, played the trumpet and piano, and enjoyed traveling and sightseeing.

His family said he will be remembered for his kind, patient nature. They said he was proud of his culture and often shared his knowledge of the Tlingit culture with various schools.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Irene Culver.

He is survived by his sisters, Frances Marvin of Juneau, Florence Bennett of Hoonah; nephews Carl Marvin Jr., Reginald Marvin, and Wallace Marvin of Juneau, George Marvin and Lawrence Marvin of Anchorage, Richard Mercer of Anchorage, Donald Marvin of Klawock, Terry and Charles Smith of Texas; nieces Francine and Colleen Mercer of Juneau, Beverly Duguqua and Charlotte Duncan of Anchorage, Paula Funicelli of Texas; and numerous relatives throughout the state.

Honorary pallbearers included Raymond Sensmeier, Raymond Duguqua, Janet Read, Mabel Lawrence, Harvey and Richard Marvin, Edwin Mercer Jr., Violet James, Eva Sensmeier, and Ernie Hillman.

Pallbearers included Jeremy S. Marvin, Herman James, Martin Sensmeier, John Buller, Matthew Anderstrom, Eric Anderstrom and Joe Johnson.

Funeral and burial services were held Jan. 13 at the Evergreen Memorial Chapel and at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Services were officiated by his nephew, Richard Mercer.

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