SPRING – Connor Dunlap, grounds maintenance specialist with the Sitka Public Works Department, weeds the garden near the Crescent Harbor parking lot this morning. A stretch of record warm weather has crocuses blooming and trees budding. Tuesday's record high temperature for the day was 67 degrees. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Services to be Jan. 12 For Arthur H. Eells III

Arthur H. Eells III

Arthur H. Eells III, Sitka, passed away suddenly from complications with undiagnosed diabetes and pneumonia on Jan. 4, 2019.
Art was a strong, devoted and amazing man who cared deeply for his wife Maria, daughter Ivy, and family. He had just celebrated his 36th birthday, on Dec. 9, 2018, with his family and friends by his side.
Arthur grew up in Port Alexander where he was a loving and protective brother to his younger siblings. He was a strong, natural-born leader, and the kids from Port Alexander looked to him in times of need and boredom.  Art had a way of making Port Alexander fun even when stuck inside during long winters, waterline frozen, and storms. 
Arthur began fishing his first boat at age 17 and he never turned back.  He was an outstanding fisherman who often out-fished people with larger boats and better gear.
He was a great man whose influence, love, and memory will never be forgotten.
Arthur H. Eells III is survived by his wife Maria Eells and his young daughter Ivy Eells; his parents Arthur and Jenny Eells; his siblings and best friends Tyler Eells, Brandon Eells, Cleveland Eells; and many other extended family members and loved ones.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, followed by a private burial service at Sitka National Cemetery.  A gathering and potluck will be held at the Yaw Chapel on the Sheldon Jackson College campus from noon to 9 p.m.; those attending are invited to bring a dish and a story.

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