Hoonah resident Michael Richard See Sr., K'alax heitl of Tlingit, died Sept. 10, 2009, in Hoonah. He was 62.
Born in Juneau and raised in Tenakee, he was born Sept. 17, 1946, a Shungukeidee, Thunderbird Clan of the NowTl'ee Yaw Ye Hit, House Lowered From Sun. He graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in 1965. He was on the trampoline and wrestling team.
In 1965, he joined the National Guard in Fort Ord, Calif. He worked for Container Corporation of America in Portland, Ore., as an electrician and then maintenance foreman from 1965-1989. He became a police officer in Hoonah from 1989 to 1995, then worked for Southeast Stevedoring as a hatchman loading log ships. He was a commercial fisherman, charter boat captain and bear guard at Icy Strait Point. He received his 50-ton mariners license and was a harbor seal biosampling technician, certified diver and a sea otter tagger for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. He retired in 2009.
He served on the Board of Directors for Hoonah Indian Association and was chairman of The Customary and Traditional Use Committee and vice chair of the Education Committee. He was president of Tlingit and Haida Community Council of Hoonah, chairman of the Icy Straits Advisory Committee, chairman of the Hoonah Marine Mammal Commission, past board member of the Alaska Steller Sea Lion Commission, president of Inside Passage Electric Cooperative and president of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 12.
"Mike was a strong advocate for tribal rights and did his best to help preserve the Tlingit way of life," his family wrote. "Anyone who new Mike probably heard a joke or two; he loved to make people laugh. Mike was a brilliant multi-dimensional caring man, always reading, learning, teaching, willing to lend a hand. He will truly be missed by those who loved him."
He is survived by his wife and best friend of nearly 13 years, Darlene See, Kaach.Aadi, X'aal kweidee-Landotter Clan; daughters, Theresa See, of Seattle, Wash., Monica See, of Tacoma, Wash., and Martina See, of Fairbanks; brothers, Juan Munoz, of Juneau, Louis Hartman, of Sitka, and Donald See, of Juneau; tribal mother, Anita Lafferty; aunts, Lillian Austin, Leona Williams and Marina Miller; his "Sonny Boys," Jake White Sr. and Jerry White Sr., both of Hoonah; and numerous relatives especially nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances See "Shukeen" and dad, Matthew Joseph; father, Fred Snyder, of Germany; uncles, Dr. Frank See, Harry, Ben, and George, Tom and David See; maternal grandparents, Lum See and Agnes "Augie" Hopkins; paternal grandmother, Halmit "Beanie" Snyder; tribal grandmother, Ida Kadashan; aunt, Laura Montero; sister, Silvia Montero; beloved son, Michael "mcghee" See Jr.; and cousins, Frank See Jr. and Cathy See.
Memorial services will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau and at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the ANB Hall in Hoonah.
Pallbearers are O.G. Schoonover, Owen James, David Sheakley and Mike Sheakley, David John Marvin, Willis Marvin, John Hillman, Raino Hill, Al Hill, Honary Pallbearers: Jake White Sr., Jerry White Sr., Kenny Grant, Adam Greenwald, Herman Davis, Franko Williams, Ron Williams, Kenny Schoonover, Bill Wilson, Norman Sarabia and Ray Wilson Sr.
His ashes will be spread in Tenakee. Cards and Donations may be sent to Veronica Dalton P.O. Box 407 Hoonah, AK, 99829.