FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Marcia Diane Mecham

Marcia Diane Mecham

Services for Marcia Diane Mecham, a lifelong Sitkan, will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

A reception will follow at the Elks Lodge. Dress will be casual.

Marcia died July 21 at her home. She was 73.

She was born Oct. 3, 1944, at the Sheldon Jackson hospital, the daughter of Orville and Zana Colvin Paxton. Her father was station manager for Alaska Coastal Airlines, and her mother was owner of Colonial Shoes and Apparel.

Marcia graduated from Sitka High School in 1963. On Aug. 17, 1972, she and Dean Mecham were married at the home of Rita and Bill Babcock.

Marcia managed Colonial Apparel and Shoes for 10 years, and held multiple administrative positions for the Sitka School District for almost 30 years.

Marcia loved children and animals – especially her many dogs, who filled the Mecham home with love and noise.

She also loved all those who enjoyed her quick wit and humor. Among her other interests were shopping with her best friend Jan – whenever the merchants saw the two come in they knew they’d have a good day, her family teased.

Survivors include Dean Mecham, her husband for 46 years; her brother and sister-in-law Gary and Debbie Paxton of Sitka; nieces Shellie Dunn of Sitka and Sydnie Wallisch of Juneau; nephew Matthew Paxton of Alexandria, Virginia; and her best friend, Jan Brookman of Sitka.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

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