Amos Louis Wallace

Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2004

Amos Louis Wallace, 83, died May 27, 2004, in Juneau.

His Tlingit name was Jeet Yaaw Dustaa of the Duk dein taan clan of the Sockeye house of Glacier Bay and Hoonah by way of Lituya Bay.

He had lived in Juneau since 1926, and worked as an artist, fisherman, and construction worker.

He was a renowned Tlingit artist whose totem poles, jewelry and other creations are in many museums and private collections across the country. One of his main inspirations for his artwork was Dorothy Wallace, his wife of 44 years; he created many one-of-a-kind bracelets and other jewelry items and gave them to her during their marriage.

He was a lifetime member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and held every office in the organization. He was a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church his entire life and was the church reader, choir leader and held several other church offices.

He received many awards and recognitions during his lifetime, one of the last being named a "Living Cultural Treasure" by the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Of all his accolades and accomplishments, he was most proud of the fact he was a private first class in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the Aleutians and being honorably discharged at the end of the war.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Wallace, of Juneau; sons Brian Wallace of Juneau, Kenneth Jack of Cordova, Daryle Jack of Juneau, Roger Jack of Edmonds, Wash.; daughters Beverly Briscoe of Wichita Falls, Texas, Marjorie Peters of Anchorage and Anna Beaver of Juneau; sister Betty Govina of Juneau; nephews including Walter Jewell Jr. of Juneau, and Walter Johns of Denver, Colo.; nieces including Ernistine Grimm, Chris Soriano and Anna Faye Jewell, all of Juneau; and numerous cousins, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anna and Frank Thomas of Hoonah, brother Lincoln Wallace, and daughters Lois Jack, Merle Jack and Kathleen Jack.

Pallbearers will be Wells Gabier, Tim Lindoff, Roger Jack, Randy Wanamaker, Sam Wanamaker, David Goade, Paul White, Ed Mercer, Andy Soriano and Walter Johns.

The honorary pallbearers will be Don Briscoe, Richard Stitt, Oscar Olsen, Rudy Govina, Frank White, Frank Peters, Daryle Jack, Sam Hanlon Sr., Glen Johnson,Al McKinley, Jason Pealatere, Richard Dauenhauer, Ike Cropley, Sam Akagi and Al Munro.

A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Monday, May 31, at ANB Hall. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

Please send flowers to the Juneau ANB Hall prior to 6 p.m. May 31. Mail cards to: Dorothy Wallace, P.O. Box 020478, Juneau, AK 99802-0478.

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