Former longtime Juneau resident James Edward Myrick died Thursday, May 8, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Everett, Wash.
Myrick was born and raised in Snohomish, Wash., and left for Alaska in 1938 on a small fishing boat. He lived in Kake until 1957, then moved to Juneau and lived here until 2001.
He worked as a fisherman, a tugboat engineer, a port engineer and the police chief in Kake, then retired as maintenance supervisor for the State Correctional Institute in Juneau. He also served for many years in the Alaska National Guard, retiring as a master sergeant. He also built trails in Petersburg as a volunteer with the Forest Service.
His family said, "He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering, playing cards with his Juneau buddies and playing bingo."
He was preceded in death by his wife, Daisy Myrick, and daughter, Ella Frankson.
He is survived by his daughters, Patricia (Clay) Antioquia of Anacortes, Wash., Kathleen Myrick of Spokane, Wash., and Christina (Richard) Henning of Juneau; son, Clarence (Lidda) Jackson of Kake; sister, Kathleen Egelstad of Snohomish; brothers, Richard and Bill Myrick of Snohomish; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nephews and nieces in Alaska and Washington.
Memorial services were held at the First Assembly of God Church in Snohomish on May 12.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Northwest Kidney Centers Foundation.