Juneau and Sitka resident Daniel G. Moreno Sr., 78, died March 4, 2006, at Bartlett Memorial Hospital, with his family nearby.
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Memorial services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the Tlingit and Haida Community Council building on old Glacier Highway. After the services, he will lie in state until 5:30 a.m. and go by ferry to Sitka, where a cultural memorial service will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at the Sheetka Kwaan Naakahidi. Alaska Native Brotherhood services memorial services will be officiated by Kevin Lee, followed by reception. A private family burial service will be on Monday, March 13.
He was born on May 8, 1927, to George and Emma (Johnson) Moreno on a fishing boat anchored at Hole in the Wall, near Kake. He was Shangukeidi from the Thunderbird House, Mexican yatgi, and Luxnaxadi dachxan. His spiritual life began at Catholic Pius X Mission in Skagway, serving as an altar boy with a beautiful tenor voice. He served in the Navy during World War II in the Thousand Mile War. Honorably discharged, he enlisted and served in the Army.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Ward, Sitka Post 13/American Legion, SheeAtika and Sealaska. He was also a delegate for Tlingit & Haida Community Council, Sitka Tribes of Alaska. He was a lifelong commercial fisherman, in the waters from Ketchikan to the Bering Sea, and a hunter. He worked for Mt. Edgecumbe High School for 13 years.
Family members said, "His journey in life on earth born on a boat, with a love of the ocean, will conclude with a last boat ride from Juneau to Sitka, which he considered home."
Pallbearers in Juneau will be Norman Sarabia, Norman Smith, William Brown, Walter Smith, Ed Kunz Jr. and Thomas Moreno. Pallbearers in Sitka will be Chuck Miller, Walter Smith, Norman Smith, Gilbert Sam, Phil Nielsen, Roger Ness and David Ness. Honorary pallbearers will be John Dapcevich, Bill Fawcett, Art Andrews, Peter Jack, Stan Filler, Herman Davis, David Davis, Ethel McKinnon, Loretta Ness, Mabel Pike, Elsie Brown, Helen Sarabia, Smitty Katzeek, Charlie Jimmie, Tommy Jimmie Sr., George Stevens, John Martin, Buddy Howard, Bobby Gray, Ben Hur, George Valle, Ed Valle, John Duncan Sr. and Selena Everson.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; sister, Isabel Lee Soderberg; brothers, Walter Moreno, Frederick Moreno, Matthew Lee, Tommy Peters and Bob Willis; children, Karen Lee and Teresa Ann Moreno.
He is survived by his sisters Mabel Pike of Anchorage, Helen Sarabia and Elsie Brown of Juneau, Julie Huff of Port Angeles, Wash., and Flora Boyles of Anchorage; brothers Paul B. Moreno of Juneau and Phillip Moreno, Sitka; wife, Nancy Moreno; children, Sharon Lee, Janette Brakes and Matthew Lee of Juneau, Dan Jr. (Sherry) Moreno of Sitka, Paul T. (Jamie) Moreno and Dwayne Lee of Juneau; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.