SHARING LANGUAGE – Coho clan leader Herman Davis speaks to about two dozen people attending a Tlingit language lesson Sunday afternoon in Centennial Hall. Davis is one of about 100 remaining Tlingit speakers who learned the language as children from relatives. Lance Twitchell, University of Alaska Southeast associate professor of Alaska Native languages in Juneau, hosted the free lesson, which was the second of three. The third lesson will be held Saturday noon to 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Twitchell is in Sitka teaching at The Outer Coast Summer Seminar. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Daniel S. Natkong Dies; Former Sitkan Was 65

Daniel S. Natkong



On Feb. 3, 2019, in Hydaburg,  Daniel Steven Natkong took his final journey.
The former Sitka resident was 65.
Danny was born Nov. 7, 1953, at Mt. Edgecumbe, the son of Margaret Verney and Don Natkong Sr. He grew up in Sitka, attending local schools.
He left Sitka in 1977, and started log truck driving, including in Kake and Hydaburg, in the early 1980’s. He owned his own trucking company for many years until his deteriorating eyesight caused him to give up his greatest passion.
He had an incredible talent for carving and painting. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, and a shareholder in Sealaska, Shee Atika Inc. and Hyda Corp.
Danny, as he was known to most, was a humble man with a loving, giving nature, always willing to help in any way he could.
He is survived by his children,  Danielle Parrish and husband Theron and grandchildren Kaitlyn, Logan, Brielle and Zephan of Sitka;  Heidi Ashley Davis, husband Nathan, grandchildren Jonah and Hannah  of Arkansas; and Frank Natkong of Arkansas.
His mother, Margaret Verney of Sitka; father, Donald Natkong Sr. of Hydaburg; brother Eugene Natkong of Hydaburg; nephews Dean Steven Hayes of Austin Texas, and Victor Chips Natkong of Aurora, Colorado; brother Donald Natkong Jr. and Patty,  and niece Taylor Natkong of Hydaburg;  aunt Helen Mercado of Sitka; uncle Julius (Joe) and aunt Frances (Wani) Natkong; uncle Frank (Hammy) Natkong Jr. of Hydaburg; aunt Audrey and uncle Pat McCormack of Everett,Washington, also survive.
Danny was a kind, generous, compassionate man who gave all he had, his family said, and will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

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