Former Juneau resident David Eugene Comer, 51, died Jan. 19, 2006, in Milwaukie, Ore., after an extended battle with cancer.
He was born to Ethel Lund and Leo Gene Comer on Dec. 28, 1954, in Seattle. He grew up in Wrangell and attended school in Wrangell and Seattle. He was Tlingit and Inupiaq, a Raven of the Kiksadi Clan from the Sun House in Wrangell.
Family members said, "David is remembered for his gentleness of spirit, and his love of Alaska and the outdoors. He enjoyed both commercial and sports fishing. He enjoyed the study of astronomy. His dream was to have a cabin in Old Town on south Wrangell Island and spend his remaining years there."
He was preceded in death by his father, Leo Comer; sister, Leah Comer Beck; grandmother, Ida Rose Escholt, originally of Deering, Alaska; great-grandparents, Tom and Josie Ukas of Wrangell; and great-uncle Harry "Bud" Ukas of Wrangell and Juneau.
He is survived by his mother, Ethel Lund of Juneau; sister, Diane Comer Peterman; nephews, Richard Bradshaw and Michael Hoyt of Milwaukie, Ore., and Taylor Beck of Mesa, Ariz.; uncle, Tom Harto of Wrangell; great-aunts, Henrietta "Hankie" Hoyt of Milwaukie, Ore., and Marge Byrd of Wrangell; and many cousins.
He was brought back to Juneau by his mother. His ashes will be taken to Wrangell in the spring, when they will be put to rest in Old Town, a place he loved. Dates of services will be announced. The family can be contacted at 2400-8 Douglas Highway, Juneau, AK, 99801.