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)

John Tackitt

John Jay Tackitt, 82 lost his battle with cancer July 3, 2013, in Sitka.
Services are pending.
John was born Sept. 22, 1930, in Spearman, Texas,  to Zula (Nichols) and Felix J. Tackitt. His siblings were his older half-brother Guy Nichols, and older brother Billy Tom, and younger sisters Lola and Peggy.
John’s young life was spent traveling from state to state as his family relocated during the hard years of the Depression.
Like his Dad Felix, John was a talented Jack-of-all-trades and could put his hands and mind to figuring out how to do just about anything.
Graduating from Meridian (Idaho) High School in 1949, he took to the rodeo circuit as well as cooked and managed several restaurants during this time.
He met Irene Turner through the rodeo circuit and they were married in Star, Idaho, in 1954. They had two sons: Dan, born in 1955 and John Allen, born 1957. They divorced in 1964.
John drove truck than traveled to Alaska where he worked on the king crab ships as deck hand, cook and chief engineer.
On one of his visits back to Idaho he met Lorraine Morris. They married in 1970 and along with his stepchildren Curt, Jeff and Scott, moved to Tokeland, Wash., where he worked as chief engineer.
John and Lorraine divorced but remained life companions until 2011.
In 1974 they moved to Sitka where he worked for Sitka Sound Seafood and then Halibut Producers Co-operative until retiring in 2007.
He was a member of the Sitka Masonic Lodge, Sitka Elks Lodge, and the Sitka Moose Lodge.
John loved his family and cooking for others. And with his three dachshunds (puppies as he called them) traveled all over the Northwest.
He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and camping.
He is survived by his sister Lola Porter of Picabo, Idaho; sons, Dan Tackitt of Sitka and John Tackitt of Boise, Idaho, and stepchildren Curt Morris, Jeff Morris, and Scott Morris.
Many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.

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