Jack Austin III


Posted: Thursday, April 01, 2004

Former Juneau resident Jack Austin III, 46, died March 29, 2004, at his home in Ninilchik.

He was born Aug. 20, 1957, in Juneau to Jack Jr. and Evelyn (Martin) Austin. He lived in Juneau for many years, as well as Sitka, Soldotna and Kenai, before he eventually settled in Ninilchik. He was a proud Kaagwaantaan of Klukwan, and a child of the Wooshkeetaan. He enjoyed basketball, baseball, fishing and carving in traditional Tlingit style, which he also taught to anyone willing to learn.

His family wrote, "Jack was a loving father and a good husband. He was very caring and a proud Tlingit man. He had a strong belief in keeping the traditions of all cultures alive, so they are not forgotten. We will remember him for that and will do our best to keep his wishes."

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James and Allen Austin; grandparents, Jack Austin, Sr., Lucille Dick and Sam Martin, Sr.; uncles, Wilmer and Gene Austin and Sam Martin, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Marion Austin; son, Jack Austin IV; daughters, Evelyn and Raven Austin; sister, Charlotte St. Clair; sister and brother in-law, Beverly and Art Austin-Orr; brothers, Donald and Clifford Austin; brother and sister in-law, Manuel Sr. And Hazel Tumulak; aunts, Marie Shodda, Gertrude Peters and May George; uncle, Sam Hanlon; and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers include Eric Billman, Earl Jay, Manuel Tumulak, Jr., Rave Greenhatgh, Shannon Bentley, Steven Vanck and Ignagius Keyes.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 2, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Kenai Chapel, 609 Forest Lane. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral. Bishop Garth Reid will officiate. Burial will be in the Kenai City Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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