Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2000

Ronald Douglas Humphreys

Juneau resident Ronald Douglas Humphreys, 62, died Dec. 15, 2000, at the Scottsdale Hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz., after a hard-fought, five-week battle with injuries sustained during an automobile accident Nov. 10.

He was born April 20, 1938, in Salt Lake City and was raised in Garfield, Utah.

He loved to fish and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren on his fishing boat teaching them how to fish and telling them fishing stories. His family wrote that he always made others smile and laugh with his sense of humor, and he enjoyed life to the fullest. He made friends easily and was always willing to lend a helping hand to a neighbor or friend.

He believed in the old adage, "an honest day's work for an honest day's pay" and was a carpenter by trade. Ron was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was sealed to his wife, Hollis, in the Washington, D.C., Temple.

Ron is survived by his wife Hollis Walker Humphreys of Juneau; daughters Debbie Alexander of Boise, Idaho, Vickie Stevenson of West Valley City, Utah, and Mary (Holly) Allen of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; sons Douglas Humphreys of Salt Lake City and Shaun Humphreys of Orem, Utah; granddaughters Tennille Smith of Salt Lake City and Emily Stevenson of West Valley City, Utah; Kristi and Cortney Allen of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Dani and Jamie Alexander of Boise; grandsons Ross Humphreys of Idaho; Christofer and Cory Allen of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Casey Alexander of Boise, Idaho, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Dec. 21, 2000, in the Timpanogos Park 1st Ward Chapel in Orem, Utah. Burial will be in the Orem City Cemetery.

James Katzeek

James Michael Katzeek, 50, died Dec. 17, 2000, in Juneau of pancreatic cancer.

Jim or Jimmy, as he was known, was born Feb. 27, 1950, in Juneau. He grew up in Haines and Juneau and belonged to the Eagle Thunderbird Clan of Klukwan. He attended Juneau-Douglas High School and excelled in basketball and cross-country.

His family wrote he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed swimming, fishing, canoeing, hunting, mountain climbing and being outdoors with family, friends and travelers of the "Last Frontier." Some called this subsistence, Jim called it living.

As an adventurous 12-year-old, he shot his first bull moose in the Chilkat Valley. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, drying salmon, smoking deer and seal meat, and making traditional Tlingit foods. He taught his heritage style of smoking salmon and halibut to local smokeries. He had a strong admiration for Tlinigt-Haida-and-Tsimpsian cultural arts and loved reading histories.

He was employed as a commercial fishermen and worked on the Alyeska Pipeline and helped with the Exxon Valdez oil spill clean-up. Recently, he enjoyed work in residential remodeling.

He is survived by his sons, James and Jeremy of Seattle and Gabriel of Juneau; his mother Anna; his brothers Dennis of Seattle and David, Daniel and Rodney; his sisters Doris and Janice Katzeek, all of Juneau, and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by relatives Mary Abbott Aspinwall, Helen Abbott Watkins, Clara Abbott Madsen, Jeanette Abbott Mann, Ross Sheakley, Charles and George Abbott, all of Juneau; Darlene Sheakley Beltz, Lawrence and Joseph Sheakley of Anchorage; Martin and Arnold Sheakley of Washington; and Thomas Abbott of Saxman. He was preceded in death by his father George James Katzeek in 1975 and his brother George in 1982.

A viewing will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Alaska Memorial Park. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 21 at Northern Light Church in Juneau with Pastor Leonard John officiating. Pallbearers are James K. Katzeek, Gabriel Katzeek, Eric Olsen, Chris Mills, Joe Zuboff and Smith Katzeek. Honorary pallbearers are Tom Katzeek, Jacob White, Tom Jimmy, Andy Ebona and Paul Marks.

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