SITKA TRADITION – Ricky Jarvill, Blatchley Pool manager, and Emma Edson of Alaska Marine Safety Education Association help third-grade students walk out of the water at the Crescent Harbor boat ramp Thursday. The entire third grade learned about cold water survival in the program coordinated by Jarvill and AMSEA. The Sitka School District has been sponsoring the program long enough, more than 30 years, that some parents on Thursday recalled their own third-grade survival experiences. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Longtime Sitkan John McMillen Jr. Dies at Age 72

John McMillen Jr.

Sitka resident John Dwight McMillen Jr. passed away on May 2, 2019, in Sitka. He was 72.
John was born August 1, 1946, in East Liverpool, Ohio.  He received a bachelor of science degree in geology from Youngstown State University in 1973 and relocated to Sitka in 1973. He was employed at Alaska Pulp Corporation mill. 
He was actively engaged in local civic organizations, including the Sitka Lodge #1662 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He joined the Lodge in 1974, held various officer positions, and served as Exalted Ruler from 1982 to 1983.
He also became a 32nd degree Mason in September 1985 in the Scottish Rite Valley of Juneau. John was a longtime and very well-liked member of the Sitka Moose Lodge. In addition, he was on the Sportsman’s Association Board of Directors from 1975 to 1978 and president from 1979 to 1980.
He is survived by his sisters, Carol Ann McMillen Moinpour of Seattle, Washington, and Joyce Elaine Mendoza of South Portland, Maine.

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