Martin Ebona Jr.

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2007

Longtime Juneau resident Martin Ebona Jr. died Oct. 15, 2007, in Anchorage.

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Born March 4, 1933, in Angoon, he was a tribal member of the Yeil', Deisheetaan, Dei Shu Hit - Raven/Beaver "End of the Trail House." His mother Annie Ebona (K'iyaaltin) was the matriarch of the Dei Shu Hit and member of Sealaska Inc., Goldbelt Inc., American Legion Post and Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 2. He also served as president of the local Longshoremen's Union.

He lived in Juneau until 2000 before locating to Anchorage after his retirement from the Longshoremen's Union. He worked for various employers, such as Juneau Cold Storage, Alaska Coastal Ellis Airlines and Yellow, Capital and Alaska cab companies. He was in the Alaska National Guard and in earlier years, played basketball for the Alaska Native Brotherhood.

He was a fisherman and deck hand on various fishing vessels. He was owner and captain of the Empress.

He enjoyed taking family fishing, playing cards and surfing the Internet. But his lifelong endeavor and most recent occupation was as a longshoreman working on the Juneau waterfront for more than 25 years.

Happy to be retired, he pursued his travel to Mexico and drove the Alaska Highway, where he said he found quietness and peace of mind listening to his favorite music.

Family members enjoyed his singing and cooking. When the family gathered, he was the chef. His family said the waterfront in Juneau will be quiet without his boisterous voice and colorful character. They said he admitted he was known as the man with a big voice.

On the other hand, he took his work very seriously, his family said. He liked to make sure it was done correctly. And when he had an opinion, he didn't mind yelling it, much like many of his siblings. That's what made him a longshoreman, his family said.

He was preceded in death by his father, Martin Ebona Sr.; mother, Annie Ebona; brother, Andrew Ebona Sr.; sister, Barbara D'Cafango; daughter, Donna Ebona; wife, MaryAnn See Ebona; partner, Mary Eaton; and stepson, Larry Ebona.

He is survived by his sisters, Ruby Agbayani, of New York, Anna Marie Joe, of Los Angeles, Edith Butler and her husband, Robert, of Big Lake, and Mary Miller and her husband, David, of Juneau; brothers, John Ebona, of Federal Way, Wash., and August Ebona and his wife, Michele, of Anchorage; daughters, Renee Warren and her husband, Lamont, of Reno, Barbara George and her husband, Richard, of Juneau, and Roxanne Commack and her husband, Harry, of Metlakatla; sons, Martin III and Jon Ebona, of Anchorage; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service, scheduled by ANB Camp 2 and Southeast Alaska Native Veterans, will be at 6 p.m. Monday at the ANB Hall, 320 W. Willoughby Ave. Refreshments will be served following service by Gramma's Inc.

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