John Ebona (1935 - 2015)

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John Ebona
July13, 1935-February 3, 2015

Born July 13, 1935, in Hood Bay, Alaska, to parents Martin (Filipino) and Annie Paul James Ebona (K'iyaaltin), Tlingit. Tribal Member of the Yeil; Deisheetaan, Dei shu Hit'- Raven Beaver, "End of the Trail House." He was a member of the Sealaska Corporation and Goldbelt, Inc.
He attended two years in St. Martin's College in Lacey, Washington. John was also in the United States Army and served in active duty in Korea He started out working in Chatham Cannery in the days of trap fishing. He worked on Fish Tenders, most notably the Hetta for the New England Fish Company.
Throughout his school years, he was very popular and had many friends. He attended the St. Ann's Catholic School with his siblings, then on to Juneau High School graduating in 1955. He was nominated and received the Most Valuable Player Award. He was an awesome basketball player. His number was #3, He played for the Arctic Knights of Juneau, Alaska, in the Gold Medal Tournament. A friend stated, he was a 3-pointer basket slam dunk every time. John loved sports and loved watching the Redskins, Lakers and other teams. Most recently his daughter Maja made him a 12 Fan of the Seattle Seahawks.
He worked at the Juneau Cold Storage as Office manager, Tlingit & Haida Housing Authority, and worked with long life friends John Vavalis, Kermit Cesar, Milton DeAsis, Dave Hollingsworth to name a few.
When he retired he moved to Federal Way, Washington but would travel to various states to see his siblings. He would take his family and later nephews out on his boat the "Gold Finger" for several days. Also, many times he went out fishing with most family members and showed some how to bait the hooks and catch many fish. That was a time for fun laughter and memories. Gold Finger was his CB name. He was also known to many of his cohorts as "Sonny Bono."
He was married to Diane Freeburg and they had two children, Derek Jon and Maja Lisa.
He is preceded in death by his Father Martin Ebona, Sr., Mother Annie Ebona, Brothers Andrew Ebona, Sr., Martin Ebona, Jr., Sisters Barbara D'Cafango, Edith Butler, Anna Marie Joe,
He is survived by Sisters, Ruby Agbayani, of New York & Mary Ebona, Brother, August (Michele) Ebona of Aberdeen, Washington
Children: Maja Lisa Brickner, (Scott) of Federal Way, Washington
Derek Ebona, (Crystal Underhill) of Silverdale, Washington
Grandchildren:Asia O'Daniel, Amanda Brickner, Brendan Brickner, Erik Brickner, Ian Ebona, Avery Ebona, Caleb and Mason Ebona (twins), Myra Lamas-Underhill and Israel Lamas-Underhill and many Nieces, Nephews.

Memorial Service
Saturday, February 28th 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
3801 Discovery Park Blvd
Seattle, WA 98199
Contact Phone: 360 581-7576
Mary Ebona
6312 Karjala Rd.
Aberdeen, WA 98520

Special thank you to John Garcia for the Bentwood Box and to the Daybreak Star for the Hall the Howden Kennedy Funeral Home. The Care Givers and Hospice for their loving caring service.
Also all the Friends and Family in attendance here and in spirit with all the prayers and condolences we have received.
Funeral Home
Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home
7603 35Th Ave Sw
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 932-0356
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 20 to Apr. 19, 2015
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Seattle, WA   (206) 932-0356