Herman Nicolet was born in Port Heiden on August 25, 1936, to Charles and Emma Nicolet. He was the youngest of five children and was cherished by his family from the time of his birth until the end of his journey on Earth. Always a rascal, his warm, mischievous nature won the hearts of many over his 76 years. Herman's father and two oldest brothers died early on and his Yupik mother raised her remaining three children alone with strength and grace.
Herman started his formal schooling at the age of eleven and took two years at a time until he caught up with his peers. He graduated on time as the salutatorian from Sitka High and continued his education at Washington State University where he studied engineering. After attending school, Herman joined the Army where he excelled as a member of the rifle team.
When Herman returned to Alaska, he became a pilot, fulfilling a lifelong dream. He flew Lear jets as Chief Pilot for the Teamsters Union. He also flew for Pen Air. Summers were saved for commercial fishing in Bristol Bay where it became a family affair. He worked with his children, sister, nieces and nephews. Those memories were some of the happiest of his life.
Herman had a kind and tender heart. He was a loving and interesting father, grandfather, and uncle, often approaching things with a childlike excitement that was infectious. He was a hands on dad who believed in letting his children experience many things in order to prepare them for life. He was married two times and had two sets of children with an age gap of 20 years between the first and second set. He was excited to have a chance to have little babies all over again.
At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his four children, four of his seven grandchildren, two ex-wives, his niece, nephew, grand niece, brother-in-law, son-in-law, a few special friends, two birds and a dog. Just his style. Celebration of life will be held on Sunday October 14th at 3 p.m. Call 244-6945 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for directions.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Oct. 12 to Oct. 13, 2012