Daniel Lawrence Jackson


Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Kake resident Daniel "Dan" Lawrence Jackson died Sept. 9, 2005, in Anchorage.

He was born to M. Ann Jackson and Thomas L. Jackson Jr. on Sept. 4, 1962, in Fort Carson, Colo., where Thomas was stationed in the Marine Corps. Born into the Eagle Chookaneidi clan, his Tlingit name was Keigaan.

In 1964 the family moved home to Kake, where he attended grade school and high school. Following graduation from high school, he attended the Ron Bailey School of Broadcasting in Seattle.

He made his livelihood as a commercial fisherman. Upon his return to Kake, he captained the fishing vessels Albion, Memories and Miss Alene. The last boat he fished on was the Harvester, captained by Chip Bean. He left Kake in 2004 to work in Anchorage with Swiss Port as a camp supervisor.

He was a Tlingit and Haida traditional carver, mentored by paternal uncles Norman Jackson and Mike Jackson. His carvings include memorial poles, plaques and crosses on unmarked graves. To commemorate the 90th birthday of his grandmother, Mona Jackson, he carved a 14-foot birthday pole with hummingbird and raven motifs. He was a traditional dancer with the Keex Kwaan Dancers and a basketball player on the local team. In 1998, he played at the All Native Championship and the Gold Medal C Division Championship.

Friends and family members say he "will be remembered for his generous nature, caring attitude and his love for family."

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas L. Jackson Jr.; his grandparents, Thomas L. Jackson Sr., Noel L. Nichols and Oree Averitte.

He is survived by his mother, M. Ann Jackson; his uncle, Joel M. Jackson; his sister, Vicki Jackson; his brother, James Michael Jackson; his grandmother, Mona Jackson; his uncles, Norman Jackson, Loren Jackson, Larry Jackson and his wife Ellie, Mike Jackson and his wife Edna, Gary Jackson and his wife Julie, Myron Jackson, Bobby Nichols, Julio Nichols, Lary Schaefer and Dave Arthur; his aunts, Jada Smith and her husband Henry, Cheryl Evan, Della Cheney and her husband William, Myra Allen and her husband Jerry, Mona Robertson and her husband Paul; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m., Sept. 14, at the Salvation Army Corps in Juneau. A Kake memorial service will be 7 p.m., Sept. 16, at the Community Hall Building. A funeral service will be Sept. 17, also in Kake.

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