Leo L. Houston Jr.

Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2010

Leo L. Houston Jr. passed away Dec. 7, 2010 in Federal Way, Wash., as a result of complications sustained from a mining accident in 1991.

Houston was born June 4, 1942 in Sitka. He was a proud Raven from the Coho House. His Tlingit name was Kaasheaxti.

He was a hard working man who began work at a young age as a commercial fisherman with his uncles. He fished for many years on highline boats. He was known to many as the captain of the Excursion Inlet fish packer "The Dolphin." He worked as a heavy equipment operator and log loader for Whitestone Logging before moving to Juneau to work at Greens Creek Mine.

Houston loved to fish. He was a Native carver who loved to share his art with friends and family. He was well known for his smoked salmon and generously shared it. He was most passionate about the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament. He was a chairman and/or co-chairman of the tournament for more than 20 years and was a member of the Gold Medal Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Alyce; daughters Lea, Linzy and Dawn Houston; sons Harold (Valarie) Houston and Jason Ormsby all of Juneau; grandchildren Christopher, Molly, Susie, EmmaRae, Rayna and Quintin Houston, Izabella Andree, Brice and Miranda Harvey and Telise Watkins of Juneau; Joshua and Jaden Ormsby of Texas; sister Johanna Iverson; brothers Ralph and Fred Houston and James Howard; and adopted brothers Ray Riutta and Ted Burke; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Betty Houston, and son Larry.

The late Leo Houston will return to the Coho House in Sitka today. A memorial service will be held at St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church in Sitka at noon Friday. A Celebration of Life will take place 2 p.m. Sunday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Juneau.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Juneau Lion's Club, Gold Medal Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 20911, Juneau, AK 99802.

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