Juneau resident Dana Lee Joseph White died May 18, 2002, in Juneau.
He was born Aug. 23, 1956, in Seldovia, Alaska. He was raised in Seattle and graduated high school in 1975. He returned to Alaska in 1978 to work on the Aleutian Islands.
He worked a variety of jobs within the fishing industry, including the Ocean Cape Cannery and on the Aleut Princess. In 1991 he obtained his merchant marine license and worked for Anderson Tug Services on the Ethan B. In 1992 he was a victim of a crime that resulted in a severe head injury, which caused him to move back to Seattle for extensive rehabilitation. Unable to continue navigating vessels, he began drawing vessels and had his artwork displayed in many local businesses. Most recently, he published and sold his "Marine Coloring Book."
His family says he was most happy when working around the waters of Alaska and had an exemplary work ethic and love for the fishing industry. They say they will miss his nonjudgmental and caring friendship.
He is survived by his daughter Rachel Marie White of Fairview, Ore.; son Alex J. White-Masters of Juneau; mother Ivy Bartells of Seattle, Wash.; sisters Mary Ann Clark, Cheryle Bartells and Shelly Bartells of Seattle; and brother Brian Bartells of Seattle. He also leaves special friends Leola Masters, Victor Voit, Ole Nelson, Darrel Harmon, Norval and Barbara Nelson, Dale Nelson, Jerry and Augusta Milton, Vaughn Chilton, Bob Pate and those who supported him in his recent endeavors.
A "memory" visit at the Shrine of St. Therese will be held from 4-9 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Le'Vasseur Cabin where his work will be displayed. A private service and scattering of his ashes on the waters of Juneau from the ship Star of the Sea will take place at a later date. Rachel White can be contacted in Juneau at 209-4080; or at 332 Depot Street, Fairview, OR, 97024.
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