Jack Paul Brown Jr.

Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jack Paul Brown Jr., 53, died July 24, 2009, in Ketchikan after a long battle with colon cancer. His Tlingit name was Tsoo 'neil.

Born May 15, 1956, in Klawock, to Jack and Fannie Brown, he was of the Eagle Moiety from the Kaa xoo hit taan. His mother is of the Eagle Moiety from the Kaa xoo hit taan. His father was of the Raven T'akdien taan of the Snail House in Hoonah.

He grew up in Klawock, where he attended elementary school and was a member of the Klawock 49ers basketball team. He attended Craig High School, where he played on the Panther basketball team.

He married Teresa Sloan on Dec. 7, 1985. They had a daughter, Tylene Brown, and a 2-year-old grandson, Jack Duane Brown. He was a long-time longshoreman for Southeast Stevedoring in Klawock.

He served as an officer and a member of Klawock Heenya Corp., Sealaska Corp., and the local Tlingit and Haida Council of Klawock. He also was a past president of the Klawock Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 9. Brown served as an EMT, search-and-rescue squad member, and volunteer firefighter and fire chief. He was a Klawock Cooperative Association council member and a Klawock City Council member.

He was directly involved in the closure of beach seining in Klawock Bay on weekends.

"Jack provided for the families of Prince of Wales Island with subsistence food to help them make it through winter months," his family wrote. "For many years Jack trained the young men in the community on how to collect the subsistence food for the people so they can continue on in his memory in his absence."

He worked for the Alaska Native Sisterhood Bingo Commission as a bingo caller.

"He treated everyone with respect. He always made sure they were comfortable, had lots of coffee and kept them laughing," his family wrote.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Paul Brown Sr.; uncle, William "Bill" Smith; brother, Archie Brown; and nephew, Louis Craig Yates Jr.

He is survived by his mother, Fannie Ermaloff; sisters, Lavina Ellison, Marietta "Rita" Leask, Myrna Yates, Beatrice Brown, and Winnie Smith; 350 nephews and nieces; and numerous friends.

A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. today at Klawock High School. A celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the high school.

Pallbearers will be Nick Nickerson, David Dundas, Harold Thomas, Jack Kato, Tom Leask and Don Yates.

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