2020 TOURIST SEASON – The 285-foot super yacht Lonian is tied up at the Old Sitka Dock Friday while its support vessel, the 217-foot Hoder equipped with a helicopter and ROV, is seen anchored in the distance. The 14-passender Lonian, which was launched in 2019, is owned by billionaire Lorenzo Fertitta, former owner of UFC. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Dorothy Parrish Dies In Washington at Age 94

Dorothy Parrish


Dorothy Parrish, longtime Sitka resident, passed away peacefully in Swedish Hospital, Edmonds, Washington, of natural causes on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.  Her son Dennis Parrish and his wife Debra were by her side.

She was 94.

Dorothy and her husband, Jack, were the owners of the Random House and Flowers by Dorothy in downtown Sitka for 42 years.

Dorothy was born on Dec. 17, 1925, in Yakima, Washington, one of two daughters of George and Alta Engelman. She was raised in Wapato, Washington, by her mother and stepfather, where she met her husband, Jack.

In 1946 she traveled to Wrangell, where she married Jack who had moved there to work at his sister’s restaurant.  It was in Wrangell that their son Dennis was born.

A year later, Dorothy, Jack and Dennis moved to Petersburg where they lived for four years before moving to Craig, and then subsequently to Sitka where Jack worked for Standard Oil Co. for several years and Dorothy worked for Clarence and Hope Rands, the original owners of the Random House. Dorothy was a retail clerk and florist for the Rands for a number of years before she and Jack bought the business, in the early 1960s. They owned and operated the business until 2004.

Dorothy loved Sitka and lived here until 2008, a little over a year after her husband Jack passed away. She had many fond memories of her many friends and adventures in Sitka and was a longtime member of the Eastern Star.  

She and her dog Checkers spent many hours walking through Totem Park and downtown Sitka where Checkers also formed many friendships. In 2008, she and Checkers moved to Woodway, Washington, to be with her son and daughter-in-law Deby. She lived there until her passing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Sandy, and niece Lana.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Dennis, daughter-in-law Deby; granddaughters Nicole and her husband Matt of Gig Harbor, Washington, and Katy and Tony Hartellius of Cle Elum, Washington; four great-grandchildren,  Channer, Jayce, Brecken and Charlotte; and nephews Barry Hogreffe of Bothell, Washington, Vernon LaBay of Ellensburg, Washington, and Randy Evans, of Scottsdale, Arizona. 

She is also survived by her extended “family” George and Vicki Baggen and their children and her friend Barbara Hames, Sitka.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-10-20)

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 1;45 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 69

Total statewide – 3,775

Total (cumulative) deaths – 26

Active cases in Sitka – 21 (15 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 16 (12 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 154.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




August 2000

Bring your wand if you’re coming, leave your disbelief at the door (no Muggles allowed), because room 220 at Blatchley is a place where the decorations, outfits and conversations are all very, very Harry Potter. “If you want to levitate, go ahead,” said Lacy Simons addressing the young wizards of the Harry Potter Reading and Writing Club. Simons, a VISTA volunteer, formed the club ....

August 1970

Photo caption: Youngsters who participated in the summer reading program at Kettleson Memorial Library include, from left, Lari Cook, Nancy Erickson, Yumiko Hayashi, Kyoko Ikenoue, Lu Ann Beidel, Tiffany Rose, Jessica Roth, Gwendolyn Roth, Rhonda Audette, Heather Owen, Susan Kohler, Glenn Oen, David Oen, Eric Oen, Stephen Weddell, Robert Weddell, Randy Turner, Takahiko Hosei, Douglas Henie, Lance Robards and Timothy Von Clasen.