Norman Jackson

Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Kake resident Norman L. Jackson died May 18, 2008, in Anchorage Native Medical Center. He was 66.

Born May 7, 1942, in Kake, to Thomas and Mona Jackson, he was a Tlingit Raven Kaach.adi (Fresh Water Marked Sockeye Salmon) and Haida Eagle Tiits Gitee Nei (Hummingbird). His Haida name was Stilth daa and Tlingit name was Aan eet ki.

He grew up and spent his life in Kake. He attended Kake Elementary School, graduated from Sheldon Jackson High School, attended Sheldon Jackson Community College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he learned silver, copper and wood carving, and that started his master carving career. His totem poles and plaques are posted in University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle IHS Hospital, Kake Health Center and Sheldon Jackson College.

He served on the Kake Tribal Corp., Kake Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 10, Kake Community Council and Indian Education Board, to name a few.

He owned The Little Gunnuck Long House and a carving studio with his brother, Joel. During his life, he loved to share his knowledge, teaching and apprenticing numerous people, his family said. He donated his art generously and helped the Keex Kwaan Dancers with their regalia.

Family members said his special friends were Norma Jean and the Francis Dunn family; John, Cindy and the Svenson family; Holly Burns-Churchill and family; Lisa Telford; Laurie Cropley; Victoria McDonald and her sons; Tara and Eli Lucas and family; and numerous friends across the country.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thomas Jackson Jr.; nephews, Danny, Sam and Cal Dan Jackson; and uncles and aunts.

He is survived by his son, Burt Lee and wife, Mijita; granddaughters, Jossline Leeann and Angelina Louise Angel Pooh Jackson; brothers and sisters, Lary Schafer and wife, Velma, Jada Smith and husband, Henry, Cheryl Evan, Loren Jackson Sr., Della Cheney and husband, Bill, Larry Jackson and wife, Ellie, Michael Jackson and wife, Edna, Gary Jackson and wife, Julie, Joel Jackson and wife, Ann, Myron Jackson, Renee Kadake and husband, Henrich, Sharon Valdez, Eric Magnusson and wife, Merridy, Mary Ortiz and husband, Ned, Judy Owens and husband, Steven, Steve Andison and wife, Nancy, and Dave Arthur; 36 nieces and nephews, 35 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one uncle and five paternal aunts.

An Anchorage memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, at the Korean Salvation Army on Eighth and Barrow streets. A second memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Juneau at the Salvation Army Church on Willoughby Avenue. He will be taken home to his final resting place in Kake, where memorial and funeral services will be held.

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