Don Dayment, Former Sitkan, Dies in Wash.


Donald Leland Dayment

Donald Leland Dayment, Shriner, Mason, longtime resident of both Washington and Alaska, passed away on April 20, 2023, at the age of 87. 

Don was a good husband and father, and will be missed by many.

Don graduated from high school in Skykomish, Washington, before joining the U.S. Air Force and serving overseas in Okinawa, Japan, as an MP, and where he became a brown belt in judo.

After his service, Don moved to Darrington, Washington, where he worked as a logger. There, he met and married Beverly Broten. They had four children before moving to Alaska in 1972. They lived in logging camps in Hanus Bay and Corner Bay before moving to Sitka in 1976, where Don worked in the logging and construction industry, eventually owning SE Tree Service.

They lived in Alaska for almost 30 years.

Don especially enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to go hunting, fishing, camping, skiing, horse riding, boating, and music. Skiing was one thing he did up into his 80’s. Don loved sharing the outdoors with his family and friends.

When Don retired and moved to Seattle in 2000, life was good. He was excited to spend down time with Bev and do more traveling – they loved going to NASCAR races with family and friends – and being with his three young grandchildren. In 2001, Bev passed away unexpectedly. 

Don moved back to Darrington, where he met his second wife Zen. They moved to eastern Washington and lived there until he passed. Don and Zen made many memories, camping, traveling, and walking their dogs, among others. 

Don leaves behind his wife Zen, his daughters Dixie (Mark), Krystal, and Cydney (Barry), and son Eric (Camille).

He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Gavin, Gretchen, Hayden, Ethan and Lexie; and stepchildren and grandchildren.

Don led a long and very adventurous life, his family said. He was loved by so many and will be sorely missed.

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At a Glance

(updated 5-30-2023)

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 Tuesday, May 30.

New cases as of Tuesday: 165

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 298,078

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,468

Case Rate per 100,000 – 22.64

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 58.70

Cases in last 7 days – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,424

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






June 2003

Sitka Community Hospital board of directors has asked SEARHC to stop providing most health care services to non-beneficiary patients. “During the collaborative process SEARHC has said they’re happy to do anything they can do to help,” said SCH Administrator Bill Patten. “This is one of the things they can do – not provide services to non-beneficiaries.”



June 1973

What began 50 years ago in a Methodist parsonage in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will be celebrated Sunday in Sitka. Les and Caroline Yaw’s four children invite the couple’s many, many friends to attend a golden wedding anniversary reception at the Centennial Building.