Boyd William Didrickson

 Boyd William Didrickson

Boyd William Didrickson, Tlingit subsistence artist, elder and a local Native icon, died Oct. 5 at SEARHC, surrounded by his family. He was 73.

A lifelong Sitkan, Boyd was born at home in the Indian Village on Aug. 7, 1943.

He was well-known in Sitka,  with his knowledge of his culture and his involvement in the Indian Village Artists as well as 3 Guys by the Church – a small shop on Lincoln Street that was filled with Native artifacts, art and crafts that he had collected from around the state, and that drew visitors and locals alike.

In addition to being a gifted artist and craftsman, Boyd was an iron worker, hunter and fisherman.

“When we think of Boyd, we think of the knowledge he had, the knowledge of his culture and the love he had for keeping that alive,” his family wrote.

“From getting his daily black coffee and breakfast at the hospital, to his daily cruises out the road, or his ability to always try to strike a bargain ... he made a memorable impression upon everyone he encountered.”


Boyd’s 40-day party will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 13 at the ANB Founders Hall. The all-day event will celebrate and honor Boyd’s wishes of welcoming everyone he affected throughout his life. His favorite foods will be served all day, starting with black coffee, donuts, fried rice as well was fresh fish and cupcakes.

The family is encouraging friends to be at the hall at noon for the eulogy, and, if they wish, to share stories with those gathered to celebrate Boyd’s life.

Those with questions or interested in contributing any photos or stories are asked to contact his daughters, Melissa Rank at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Claire Hill at 738-5857.

Boyd was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Didrickson; brothers Donald “Duck’ Didrickson, Gerald Didrickson; and a grandson, Thomas Hayes.

He is survived by his daughters, Melissa Rank and Claire Hill; and grandchildren Summer and Ryan Travelstead, Ezera Rank, Asa Rank, Tristan Bacon and Dominic O’Halloran, all of Sitka.


His nieces and nephews are Christian Didrickson, Kendal and Jennifer Didrickson, Vanessa Didrickson, Deanne Didrickson and Crystal Didrickson; and his grandnieces and grandnephews are Levi Shearer, Mason Shearer, Kierra Didrickson, Corbin Didrickson and Cordelia Didrickson.



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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:55 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Friday: 2,512

Total statewide – 172,329

Total (cumulative) deaths – 955

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,337

Current Hospitalizations – 103

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 153 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 34

Cases in last 7 days – 153

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,531

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.





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