Desa Erica Leslie Jacobsson (1947 - 2017)

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Desa Erica Leslie Jacobsson, 69, died peacefully on Sept. 21, 2017, in Anchorage, Alaska, after a six month illness with cancer. Desa was born at home in Hooper Bay, Alaska, where her mother taught school, on Nov. 9, 1947. Desa was one of 11 children born to Carly and Mildred Jacobsson.
A longtime Alaska activist, Desa championed rights for Alaska Native people, women and children, and those without representation. She spent her life ensuring the rights of victims were heard.
In 1998 and 2002, Desa campaigned for governor of Alaska under the Green Party on a platform of increasing in-state hiring, furthering the state's recognition of tribal sovereignty and improving rural sanitation and clean water systems into villages. Desa's overarching issue before, during and after her campaign was subsistence. ""Subsistence is about more than food. It provides the foundation for family relationships. It is about our survival as a people.""
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., with a reception following at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E Street in Anchorage.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Willard Jr.; her son, Donovan Austin; and her daughter, Mary Jacobsson (Attla). Desa is survived by her daughters, Leslie Marie Jacobsson, Teresa Jacobsson and Tracy Craig; her grandson, Christopher Behrens; granddaughters, Nicole, Kara Behrens and Jennifer Turner; and great-grandchildren, Mickey, Natalie and Madelyn.
Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29, 2017