EARTH DAY – Pacific High School freshman Hailey Kane plants a Tlingit potato in a garden next to the U.S. Forest Service District office building on Halibut Point Road, Friday. More than a dozen Sitkans, including several from Pacific High's gardening class, helped plant the heirloom potatoes as part of local Earth Day events. This was the third year for the program which is a collaboration between the USDA Forest Service Ranger District and Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Program organizer Michelle Putz said the low-maintenance potatoes originated in Mexico or South America and have been planted in Tlingit gardens for more than 200 years. Last year the garden yielded 90 pounds of spuds. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Levi Charles Laurence Shearer

Levi Charles Laurence Shearer

Life long resident, Levi Charles Laurence Shearer passed away in his home on November 15th, 2017. He was born February 11th, 1991, the eldest son to Christian Didrickson and Julie Shearer. Levi attended Sitka Unified School District. He played basketball for the Sitka High School Wolves and graduated class of 2009. Levi enjoyed cooking, playing basketball, reading, playing video games, and rooting on his favorite football team the Broncos. Family was very important to Levi and he loved spending time with them. He had a close bond with his grandfather, Gerald Didrickson, and was dedicated to taking care of him until Gerald passed away in 2014.
Levi was preceded in death by his mother: Julie Shearer; maternal great-grandparents: Marie and John Cooper, maternal grandfather: Sam Shearer; paternal grandparents; Gerald and Karen Didrickson; grand-uncles: Donald “Duck” and Boyd Didrickson.
Levi is survived by his beloved cat, Governor; his younger brother: Mason Shearer; father: Christian Didrickson; paternal Aunties: Vanessa and Deanne Didrickson. Maternal grandparents: Sharon and Frank Joseph; maternal aunts: Kari, Skye, and Zeylinn Joseph; as well as many loving cousins and friends.
A Celebration of Life in honor of Levi will be held at ANB Hall (235 Katlian St, Sitka, AK) on Friday, November 24th, 2017 from 10am to 5pm. The family will be hosting breakfast, lunch, and an early dinner serving all of Levi’s favorite meals. Community members, family, and friends are all encouraged to come eat and share fond memories and stories to celebrate Levi. Condolences or memorial donations for the family may be sent to Mason Shearer at PO BOX 900, Sitka, AK 99835. Please contact Mason Shearer with any inquiries at (907) 738-4137.

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