GROWING CONCERNS – Sitkans Andrea Fraga and Kaleb Aldred of Middle Island Gardens introduce themselves to an audience of around 100 this afternoon during the Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit in Sweetland Hall on the SJ campus. The three-day conference, organized by Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, Sustainable Southeast Partnership, runs through Sunday at several Sitka venues. Some of Saturday's topics include farming in Fairbanks, pest control and cultivating gourmet mushrooms. Vendor tables will be set up on Saturday and Sunday at Harrigan Centennial Hall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

James Allen Sackett Sr.

James Allen Sackett Sr.

James Allen Sackett Sr., a longtime Sitka resident, died Oct. 11 at Petersburg Medical Center. He was 75.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Petersburg Salvation Army.
James was born to Hyrom Sackett and Joyce Martin Sackett on Nov. 21, 1941, in Aberdeen, Wash., one of six siblings.
He belonged to the Salish and Blackfoot tribe of Montana.
His career in life was logging in Alaska. He came to Sitka from Petersburg in the mid 1980s, and had returned to Petersburg only recently.
He loved fishing and hunting in the Alaska wilderness. He was instrumental in gun safety and fishing skills he shared with his children.
He is survived by his children,  James Sackett Jr. of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, son Timothy Bauman of Kelsco, Wash., and daughters Tracee Heumiller and Elizabeth Stroud of South Dakota; and grandchildren Madison, Layla, Aaron and Evan Stroud, and Cletus and Earl Heumiller all residing in South Dakota.
Condolences and cards may be mailed to Elizabeth Stroud, c/o Box 1493 Petersburg, Alaska 99833.

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