Former Haines and Hoonah resident Frank Glade Wright Sr., 78, died April 4, 2004 at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.
He was born May 2, 1925, in Haines. His birth name was Shaan dei eesh, and he also was known as Kush deet kul'gaai. He was a leader of the Chookaaneidei Clan, of the Eagle tribe of the Tlingit nation. He attended school in Hoonah, and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. He lived in Sitka for the past 17 years.
He served as an elected member of the Hoonah School District Board of Education while his children were attending school. He was a lifetime member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood; and a shareholder of Huna Totem Corp., Sealaska Corp. and Shee Atika Inc. He was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church.
His special interests included playing basketball, deer hunting, subsistence gathering for his community and being an advocate for education and the various sports for young people. He was an avid supporter of teaching Tlingit culture and heritage to the children of the Tlingit nation.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Emma (Wright) Martin, Kiyat Kaw-da gon, a Chooken Shaa; and his father, George Martin Sr., Yik-x of the L'uka xadi clan.
He is survived by his wife, Anita; children, Irma Button of Sitka, Sharon Parks of Huachuca City, Ariz., Frank Wright Jr., Paul Wright, Charlie Wright, Phyllis Snively, Sam Wright, Deborah Wright, Margaret Wright, all of Hoonah, Jim Howard of Anchorage, Larry Gamble, Tom Gamble, Arlene Discher, all of Sitka, Dan Gamble of Renton, Wash., Geraldine Castonguay of Kodiak, Bob Gamble of Juneau; siblings, Louise Benson of Lynwood, Wash., John Hinchman Sr. of Sedro Wooley, Wash., George Martin of Hoonah, Philip Martin of Juneau, Sam Martin, Alice Cooper and Jennie Baldwin, all of Sitka, Marlene Johnson of Seattle; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services were held in Sitka.