James Brink

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Anchorage resident James Brink, 30, died May 20, 2007, in Anchorage.
A gathering will be at 2 p.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. A funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Catholic church in Bethel.
Mr. Brink was born Nov. 24, 1976, in Bethel. He graduated from Akiuk High School in Kasigluk. He served in the Army National Guard with the 2nd Battalion, 297th Infantry post in Bethel from 1995 to 2000; he was honorably discharged. One of his proudest moments was when he became a father to Sheranda Jamie in 1999.
His family wrote: "His discipline in life started as an altar boy and starosta in church. His first job was as a paperboy for the Anchorage Times. Throughout his life, he used his God-given talents and strength to make his living as a carpenter."
His many interests included spending time with his daughter and family, working, being physically fit, listening to music to relax, dancing, fishing, hunting, hiking, cooking, reading, cleaning and helping others.
"Jim's persevering smile, laughter and comical sense of humor, which were contagious, enabled him to be resilient and have a positive outlook on life despite hardships," his family wrote. "He touched our lives as we laughed and smiled with him because his presence made it that way. Jim's love and support will not be forgotten."
He is survived by his daughter, Sheranda Jamie Brink; significant other, Sally Charlie; mother, Stella Montgomery and her husband, Shawn; father, Zacharias Brink and his wife, Martina; brothers, Harvey, Jon, Deric, Oofin and Jeremy; stepbrother, Bradon; many birth and adopted aunts, uncles and cousins; great-grandmother, Lucy Beaver; and Jon's grandmother, Anna Anvil.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Julia Beaver; "stepgram," Bertha; grandmother, Olga Fox; and stepfather, Dean Marsh.
His family wrote, "He was slain doing what he felt was right, which was to protect his loved one from harm."
Published in Anchorage Daily News on May 25, 2007