Johnny Goodlataw

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Tazlina Resident Johnny Goodlataw 77, died surrounded by family, on March 27, 2012 at the ANMC in Anchorage of a long term illness.

Visitation will be 1-3pm on April 5 at the First Baptist Church on 10th and L St. in Anchorage, a second visitation the following day at 7 pm at the Tazlina Community Hall at Mile Post 110.5 Richardson Hwy. Funeral Services will be at the Glennallen Chapel on Saturday, April 7 2012 at 1 p.m. Burial at the Goodlataw family plot in Tazlina will follow services.

Johnny was born on April 14, 1934 in Chitina Alaska to Joe Goodlataw and Mary Council. He went to school in Chitina and at Mt. Edgecome. Johnny married Irene Nicholai on Sept, 16, 1961. Making their home in Tazlina, they spent 47 wonderful years together before the Lord took Irene home. Together they raised 5 daughters and were later blessed with 17 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. They "adopted" Lavonne and Fritz Geffe as their own and counted their 5 children as grandchildren also.

Johnny retired from the Alaska Teamster Local 959. He worked from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. He found joy in his later years by building and hosting a Cultural Camp on the Copper River annually. Johnny was known for building the best fish wheels in the Copper River area and built numerous dip nets of willows for educating in the ways of the early Ahtna. Johnny was a respected Ahtna elder in the Ahtna and surrounding areas who had a unique generosity. His home, cultural camp, and fish camp was a place welcomed and open to many friends and relatives and he spoke highly of his cultural camp until his last days.

He is survived by his daughters Linda Goodlataw, Betty Goodlataw and Jennifer Phillips; his son Joseph Goodlataw; his sister Mae Marshall; his grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his wife Irene; daughters Brenda and Debbie; his parents Joe and Mary; his stepmother Martha Goodlataw and several siblings.

He will be greatly loved and missed by all who had the honor of knowing him.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2012