Lester Paul Davis

Lester Paul Davis

Lester Paul Davis celebrated his 67th birthday with his family in Sitka on March 6, 2017, and on March 7 he  passed away in his sleep at the family home in Sitka.  

Lester was born in Juneau to Gertrude Austin-Davis and David Davis II. He was a member of the Eagle Shark Clan Woosh Kee Taan of the NU Hit House of Angoon.  

Lester grew up in Juneau, and graduated from JDHS in 1969. In the fall he joined the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971. He received awards for Marksman and Purple Heart as a wounded warrior. He was Honorably Discharge for his service.  He always considered himself a proud Native veteran.

His career covered employment with the State of Alaska, Alaska Pulp Co. Sitka pulp mill, and the seafood industry.

He served as commander of the American Legion Post 13 in Sitka.  He was a loyal Oakland Raiders fan his entire adult life.  

Lester was preceded in death by both his parents, along with siblings Viola Joyce Elisoff, Carol (Carrie) Alberts, David H. Austin, and Earl E. Peters Jr., and on his paternal side Ronnie Davis.

Lester is survived by brothers and sisters on his mother’s side, Jeffrey J. Elisoff, Joni J. Roberts, Jacklyn J. House, Patrick L. Elisoff, Rosa L. James, Starla Williams, Lorrisa A. Peters, Leadia J. Abeyta and Tina M. Peters; and on his father’s side David Davis III, Robert (Rabbit) Davis, Willie Davis, Patrick (Paddycakes) Davis, and adopted sister Sherry Osborne-Bratton.


Lester’s final wishes were to be cremated and his ashes placed in his favorite place—Sitka Sound, where he spent many hours fishing for salmon. His family and the opposite clan will finish his request Friday, March 17.

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