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)

Barton Sollars, Sr.

 Barton Austin Sollars Sr., a former Sitka fisherman, died Feb. 11 at the family’s winter home in Yuma, Ariz., at age 83.
He passed away five weeks after being diagnosed with stage 4 renal cell cancer.
Barton was born in Klamath Falls Ore., on Nov. 9, 1929. When he was 13, he and his father, Albert Sollars, came to Sitka, where they fished on the boat Higill. He was a 1947 Sitka High School graduate.
He married Carol Ann Johanessen in 1950, and they raised four children in Sitka: Barton Sollars Jr., Lorna Sollars, Thomas Sollars and Lyman Sollars.
The family spent many summers fishing the Bertha R around Southeast Alaska. In the early 1970s he established Sollars Court.
When his son Lyman died in 1986,  the Sollarses retired from fishing and worked on Lyman’s share of the farm at Point Agassiz, near Petersburg.
Barton loved fishing, hunting and gathering from the land with his family and friends. He had a knack for fixing things and was always there to help a friend. his family said. “He will be sorely missed.”
He was preceded in death by his wife Carol Ann Sollars, sons Thomas Sollars and Lyman Sollars, and greatgrandson Jacob Chappell.
Barton is survived by his son Barton Sollars Jr., daughter Lorna Chappell, grandchildren Barton J. Sollars, Amy Sollars, Tabitha Nelson, Austin Sollars, Tina Monaco, Jason Chappell, Joshua Chappell, great-grandchildren Andrea Fletcher, Dylan Monaco, Jessina Chappell, Ethan Chappell, Miranda Chappell, Sierra Chappell, Dejanera Gomez, Zachary Gomez, Nahjahra Sollars, Rownan Nelson and Robert Sollars, and his dog Sparky.

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