Philip Martin

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010

Philip Martin died Sept. 24, 2010 at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle.

He was born Sept. 24, 1934 in Hoonah. His Tlingit name is Sda-yaat of Chookaneidi of the Glacier House, Tak-tein-taan Yadi.

He lived in Hoonah until 1949, when his family moved to Sitka. He attended and graduated from Sitka High School. He was on the 1954 All Alaska Championship Basketball team. He also played in numerous Gold Medal Tournaments for various teams.

He moved to Juneau in 1955, the same year he started his career with Alaska Coastal Airlines. He retired from Alaska Airlines in 1991, after which he worked as a driver and aide for special education school buses. He kept active by playing golf, bowling, hunting and fishing.

Philip was enrolled with Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and was a shareholder in Sealaska, Goldbelt, Huna Totem, and Shee Atika. He also belonged to the Mt. Juneau-Gastineaux Lodge No. 21 Masons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emma and George Martin; his brothers Frank Wright Sr. and John A. Hinchman Sr.; and his grandson Craig D. Martin.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Yvonne Martin; his children Greg Martin (Jerry Ann), Gary Martin (Kristina Tweedy) and Diana (Mike) Stendahl of Juneau; his grandsons Juan Garcia and Jeremy Martin, his granddaughters Jordon Martin, Sara Garcia and Luvonna Martin; his great-grandchildren Shelby Kinney and Nikolus Daniels; his brothers George (Tina) Martin of Hoonah and Sam (Ragny) Martin of Sitka; his sisters Louise Benson of Anchorage, Alice Cooper of Sitka, Jenny Baldwin of Hoonah and Marlene (Dave) Johnson of Seattle; and numerous Tribal brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers include George Martin, Sam Martin, Greg Martin, Gary Martin, Ernie Hillman Jr., Jeremy Martin, and honorary pallbearers Carl Marvin Jr., Ray Vidic, Terry White, Kurt Harris, Ralph Knudson Sr., Al Brookman, Martin Johnson, Roger Fitzgerald, John Hanlon and John Hillman.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at Chapel by the Lake.

Phil's warm heart and winning smile will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

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