ON THE SPOT – Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School students Kenny Helem and Alina Lebahn answer geography questions this morning during the final round of the National Geography Geobee. Alina won the competition when she identified Panama as the location of the Darien National Park. As the Sitka winner she will take an on-line test in order to travel to Anchorage for the state competition. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Peter Lyle Bryan

Peter Lyle Bryan

Peter Lyle Bryan, 69, died March 12, 2017,  in Seattle after an illness.

Peter was born Feb. 22, 1948, in Ponoma, Calif., to Petrea and Hugh Bryan.

He was preceded in death by his sister Susan Rice and brother James Bryan; and a close friend, Joyce Otto.

He is survived by a sister, Donna Bryan Peterson of Maple Valley, Wash.; nephews David Rice of Sitka and Robert Rice of Chehalis, Wash., and Kazan Peterson in Puyallup, Wash.; and a niece Sarahlynn Schenck, Sumner, Wash.

Peter grew up in Pomono, with a loving extended family. When his father obtained a managing position at Alaska Lumber and Pulp, the family moved to Sitka, where he enjoyed boating, camping, fishing and hunting.

He attended Sitka High 1962-1963. The family moved to Eureka, Calif., where Peter attended Eureka High,  graduating in 1966.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve as a clerk in Viet Nam. Afterwards he obtained an AA degree and worked in radio. He attended Humboldt State University where he studied business.

He was gentle and kind, enjoying a quiet life reading, collecting books, hiking and camping in the California and Hawaii mountains. He enjoyed music and attended festivals.

He worked for AT&T in the 1980s and the DMV in 1990s, where he managed the Weaverville, Calif., office by 2001.

In 2009 he retired and became a watch tower fire lookout, a job he loved. In 2011 he moved to Seattle to be near his sister Donna, her family and his friend Joyce.

He donated to wildlife, public radio and human rights charities. He researched his ancestors including Calvin Henry Hale, an influential person in early Washington history.

“He will be dearly missed as we adored him for his warmth, kindness, intelligence and wonderful sense of humor,” his family said.


 Services will be held at the Maple Valley Presbyterian Church 2:30 p.m. on April 9.

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