GRAB AND GO - Library patron Tina Johnson, left, and Joanna Perensovich, information services librarian, wear masks in the Sitka Library this afternoon. The library no longer has couches for patrons, but does have computer desks widely spaced apart for people to access for one-hour periods. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

David Lance Meabon

David Lance Meabon


Services for David Lance Meabon, a former Sitka resident, will be held 11 a.m. Jan. 19 at Prewitt Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at the City Cemetery, and a potluck dinner will be held at 205 Lance Drive.
David died Jan. 7 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 70.
He as born May 31, 1947, in Ellensburg, Wash., the son of Kenneth and Shirley Meabon. He graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1965, then joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served until 1969. He attended Bates Technical College in 1984.
He came to Sitka with the Coast Guard in 1967, and married Colleen Jimmy in May of  that year. After his discharge from the Coast Guard in 1969, he worked for Alaska Lumber and Pulp Corp., leaving in 1986 when a strike was under way.
He later worked three years for the city as a Police Department jailer; for Alaska Airlines and then as a TSA; and for Sitka Tribe of Alaska as a bus driver. He left Sitka in 2003.
His family remembers his enjoying John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and other Western movies; playing chess; and being Santa Claus for many years for The Cellar.
He liked spending time outdoors  with his kids, camping, fishing and shooting; and teaching them about vehicle maintenance and repair.
David is survived by his wife, Colleen B. Meabon, of Anchorage; children Tracy C. Fallin of Derby, Kansas, David C. Meabon of Sitka, Jason C. Meabon of Roseburg, Ore., Heather C. Meabon of Anchorage, and Joshua C. Meabon of Sitka; his father-in-law Harry Jimmy; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
His brother, Mike Meabon of Yelm, Wash., and his sister, Sandy Herrick of Texas, also survive.
Flowers, cards or donations may be mailed or delivered to 205 Lance Drive, Sitka.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-10-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of noon Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 51

Total statewide – 1,323

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 5 (2 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 13 (11 resident; 2 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 80.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




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March 23, 2020



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