Former Juneau resident Roman Lee Hudson died Jan. 4, 2007, in Wind River, Wyo., following a traffic accident. He was 17.
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He was born Feb. 19, 1989, in Sitka to Richard Hudson and Pauline Williams.
He came to Sitka to attend Mt. Edgecumbe High School and moved here with his family in 2004. He attended Sitka High before leaving for Washington in 2006. Although he traveled many places, he always considered Sitka his home and planned to return following his visit to family friends in Wind River.
He participated in sports such as wrestling, for MEHS and SHS, and boxing. He also was a member of the Sitka High football team.
He enjoyed fishing, and from the time he was 12, it was his occupation. He also had a passion for his Blackfoot and Tlingit heritage and hoped to perform his first Sun Dance in 2007.
Family members said he was an extraordinary young man, with many friends and family members, who was liked by the community.
He had a heart of gold and was courteous to everyone, said his family. They said he believed in living life to the fullest and always had confidence in himself. He was always eager to lend a helping hand and was ready to volunteer wherever needed.
"During his short time in Sitka, he left an imprint on the hearts of many people and will be greatly missed.
"He will be remembered for his hard work, outgoing personality and, of course his charming smile," according to the Sitka Daily Sentinel.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, the Rev. Michael and Emily Williams, of Juneau; and niece, Ricki Hudson.
He is survived by his parents; brothers, Royal and Regal Hudson; sisters, Leilani Williams and Raven and Rainy Day Hudson; nephew, Ritchie Hudson; and members of the Williams, Wrenn and Marks families.
Funeral services were held Jan. 17 at St. Michael's Cathedral in Sitka.
Donations for the family may be sent in care to Sabrina Smith, 2020 Halibut Point Road, Sitka, AK, 99835. Her number is (907) 747-3042. She resides in Sitka with her family.