Celebration of Life Held For Sitkan David R. Rice

David Russell Rice


David Russell Rice, a lifelong Sitka resident, died Sept. 15, 2021, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 53.

A celebration of his life was held Sept. 30 at the Sitka Moose Lodge.

Dave was born Nov. 7. 1967, in Sitka, the son of Donald and Susan (Bryan) Rice. His mom was from California and his dad from Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Dave graduated from Sitka High in 1987. He worked at the Alaska Pulp Co. mill for several years; was a cook at Westmark Hotel; a driver for the Daily Sitka Sentinel; and a taxi driver.

He also was a volunteer for the Salvation Army.

“Dad was funny, caring, and one of the most helpful people I’ve ever met,” a family member said. “He was the type of guy who’d give you the last of anything he had. He was the guy you’d go to when you had a problem –  he would try to make you laugh.

“He would do anything for his children, it didn’t matter what time it was and what needed to be done – he would help. Our dad was a helper.”

Along with enjoying his children, Dave liked to fish, and to play pool.

Survivors include his daughters, Shaunte Hill of Gulfport, Mississippi, and Kytela Rice of Wasilla; sons Alex Johnson-Rice and Bryan Johnson-Rice, both of Sitka; brother Robert Rice and nephew Bobby Rice, both of Chehalis, Washington; grandson Felix Rice, Sitka; uncles Murray Rice and Myron Rice of Chehalis; and cousins Karmon Rice and Arron Rice of Chehalis, Merrill Rice of Sitka, and Kendra Nicholson of Kodiak.

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At a Glance

(updated 8-17-22)

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 12:15 pm Wednesday, August 17.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,444

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 277,007

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,296

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,843

Case Rate per 100,000 – 198.11

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "High.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Case Rate per 100,000 – 211.20

Cases in last 7 days – 18

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,022

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 7

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






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