EMERGENCY RESPONSE – Members of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood this week organized a city-wide food drive for residents of Angoon and other villages affected by the lack of Alaska Marine Highway System ferry service. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected at Sitka High School and other drop off sites. Thursday night about three dozen people attended a meeting at ANB Founders Hall to discuss the ferry situation and prepare food for shipping. Laurie Serka, outstation manager for Alaska Seaplanes, said Alaska Seaplanes, Sitka Custom Marine and Dr. Sul Ross Thorward donated shipping costs for the perishable food donated by AC Lakeside. Tom Gamble is planning to take a load of food to Angoon aboard his boat. Donations for shipping food to Kake are currently being sought. Contact for the donations is Nancy Furlow, ANS Camp 4 president, 907 227-9102. PHOTOS: clockwise from top left, Laurie Serka, Steve Schmidt and Marjo Vidad of Alaska Seaplanes load food bound for Angoon this morning. Tom Gamble and Chad Titell  deliver boxes of food from Sitka High School to ANB Founders Hall Thursday night. Paulette Moreno, ANS Grand Camp president, addresses volunteers Thursday night. Sitkans gather in a circle at ANB Founders Hall Thursday to brainstorm responses to the lack of state ferry service. (Sentinel Photos by James Poulson)

Jon Lee Parrish

Services are pending for Jon Lee Parrish, a former longtime resident who died April 20 in Santa Rosa, Laguna, the Philippines.
Jon was born May 24, 1950, in Salem, Ore., the son of Jack and Virginia (Johnson) Parrish.

The family moved to Sitka in the early 1960s. He returned to Oregon to graduate from high school and attend the University of Oregon. He later received his bachelor of science degree in forest resources from the  University of Washington.
He was a member of the Alaska National Guard.
Jon worked at Alaska Lumber and Pulp, Sitka Sound Seafoods and Hames Corporation.
He was a member of the Sitka Sportsman’s Association.
The oldest of the five Parrish children, Jon was both playful and kind to his younger siblings.

He loved Austin Mini Cooper cars and motorcycles, and was an accomplished marathon runner – he competed in the Seattle Marathon, among others.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine Parrish of Santa Rosa, Philippines; daughter Kayle Hammer of Seattle; sister Kelli Jo Thrush of Ketchikan; and brothers Rory Parrish of Juneau,  and Patrick Parrish and Wade Parrish, both of Sitka.

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