Gerald Paul Gray Sr., 66, died July 25, 2004, in Juneau.
He was born June 16, 1938, to Jessie and Howard Gray in Hoonah. His Tlingit name was Dei keelth latin. He was of the Eagle moiety, Wooshkeetaan clan, from the Toos Hit. Tak-Tein- taan yadi. He was also known to many as "Jasper," "Shalaan" and "Oly."
He married Lucille Dundas on June 18, 1957. They had six children. He had many accomplishments in his life. They included working with the state Department of Community and Regional Affairs, deputy director of Tlingit & Haida Regional Housing Authority, Tlingit & Haida Regional Electrical Authority and Tlingit & Haida Housing Development. He was also a past president and chairman of Huna Totem Corp. He was a commercial fisherman, general maintenance repairman, power plant boiler man and a basketball player.
His family said he had the ability to use his humor that put businessmen at ease, making them feel comfortable through many important negotiations. They wrote, "Jerry had a special gift for making everyone feel important to him, because that is the way he felt. His humor, greetings and smile will be missed by many."
He was preceded in death by his sons, Larry Gray and Lenny Gray.
He is survived by his children, Jerry Ann (Greg Martin) Gray, Gerald (Phoebe) Gray Jr., Elizabeth (John Hinchman, Jr.) Gray and Catherine (Don) Bolton; grandchildren, Mark Dundas, Fred Grant Jr., Garret Grant, Kyle Gray, Gerald P. Gray III, Luvonna Martin and Brandi Alice Hinchman; brothers; Howard Gray Jr., Robert (Jackie) Gray Sr. and Dennis (Liv) Gray Sr., all of Hoonah; sisters; Irene (Jim) Austin of Hoonah and Harriet (Ralph) Knudson Sr. of Juneau; and many cousins, nephews and nieces of Sitka, Hoonah, Yakutat and Juneau; and relatives of the families of Henry Littlefield and Frank Hayward in Metlakatla. There were also many tribal relatives he never forgot.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at the Community Council Building at Salmon Creek on Hospital Drive.