James Kookash Demmert Jr.

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2008

Juneau resident James Kookash Demmert Jr. died Feb. 3, 2008, in Juneau. He was 68.

He was born March 27, 1939, in Klawock, to James and Lena Demmert. As a young child, he grew up fishing in Southeast with his father on the F/V Alice K. He started seining when he went to high school and returned to trolling in his 30s. He stayed with trolling until retirement.

Family members said he was a "highliner" at trolling and could catch fish when no one else could. He was a self-taught mechanic. His skills were much sought after, since there weren't problems he could not solve on fishing vessels, they said.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sons, James Kookash Demmert III, of Anchorage, and John Anthony Demmert, of Ketchikan; daughters, Gina Lucille Demmert, of Juneau, and Matilda Lee Demmert, of Tuallip, Wash.; 15 grandchildren; two sisters, Emma Jean Williams and Dixie Lee Hanson; and brother, Sam L. Demmert; significant other, JoAnn Weiner; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Services were Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Church of God.

Pallbearers were Samson O. Demmert, Keith Callister, Donald R. Williams Jr. and Kenneth James. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Moreno, George Koosh James, Murphy James, Franklin James, Melvin Charles and Arthur Kennedy.

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