Juneau resident Douglas William Maki Jr. died on Oct. 26, 2007. He was 17.
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Born March 28, 1990, he was born and raised in Juneau.
According to his family, he was a no-nonsense guy, caring friend and compassionate young man. He took everyone who came into his life and held them high, his family said. Whether he looked up to them, learned from them or was inspired by them, his friends and family had a huge effect on his life.
He was a talented musician and artist, wonderful friend and loving son, brother, grandson and nephew, his family said. He loved his family very much, and they loved him, they said.
He enjoyed building and riding bikes with his father, going on endless bike rides and learning new tricks.
He loved playing football last year for the Crimson Bears, his family said. As number 58, his most prized memories were playing football, making friends and building memories for himself and the rest of the players and fans to share, they said.
Family members said he had many hopes and dreams for the future. He wanted to become an all-star football player for one of the many major football teams, to live his dream and support his family, giving them everything he thought they deserved. He dreamed of joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship and becoming an Ultimate Fighter Champion, being fearless and taking down the strongest.
He loved spending time with his grandmother, Janie, talking, going for rides and listening to her stories. Most of all, he loved his dad and sister; they shared a bond like no other, his family said.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ed Maki.
He was survived by his parents, Doug and Nancy Maki; sister, Ashley Maki; grandmother, Janie Cesar; grandparents, Del and Marleen Cesar, and Jewell Maki; uncles, David and Lance Cesar, and Ed and Bill Maki; aunts, Nancy Spickler-Cesar, Lori Day, Marianna Bethel and Donna King and their spouses; cousins, Michael, Shaylen and Catherine Cesar, Christian Parker, Kendri Cesar, Ed, Misty, Amanda, Natalie, Nicole, Michael and Brent Maki, Suzy and Wayne Allen Bethel; great-aunts and great-uncles, Ken and Jackie Cesar, Kermit and Andrea Cesar, Niles and Florence Cesar, Ted and Marlyn Wieting, Chuck and Jeanette McLeod and their families.
"He is loved and treasured," his family said. "He will always be loved, never be forgotten and forever will be missed."
He will be put to rest at the Eternal Flame at the Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary. A memorial service will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Juneau-Douglas High School commons.
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