Michael "Mike" Knudson, Sr. was born to Amy Marvin (Fawcett) (Knudson) and Sam Knudson, Jr. in Hoonah on February 9, 1934. He passed on October 22, 2012 at Bartlett Hospital in Juneau. Mike was Chookaneidi Clan from Naana Hit House. His Tlingit name was Shka Teetl Gaa. He was the child of the L'ukana.'adi
Mike had many different professions including being a short order cook, a commercial fisherman, and truck driver. He also worked at the Boeing Plant in Seattle, the Greens Creek Mine out of Juneau, Stevedoring Logging, Cold Storage, and the Alaska Oil Pipeline during its construction. He enjoyed the variety of jobs held during his life and particularly enjoyed his time spent as the Hoonah Senior Center's van driver.
Mike was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching local high school sporting events and followed the NBA and NFL. He also enjoyed watching and supporting the Hoonah basketball teams attending the Juneau Lion's Gold Medal Tournament. His other interests included fishing, playing pool, and bingo.
Mike wed Genevieve Williams on July 29, 1960. The marriage lasted 27 years and they had six children together that he loved dearly. Mike's primary love and passion was always his family with his biggest sources of pride being his grandchildren and great grandchildren. During his later years, he and Genevieve renewed their relationship. They supported each other through difficult
times and she was a great comfort to him through the end.
Mike is survived by his former wife Genevieve Knudson, his children Julie Knudson, Janice Byers, Charlene White (Louie), Karen Nelson (Jim), Michael Knudson, Jr. (Josephine), his sister Mary Rudolph (Paul), sisters-in-law Beatrice and Harriet, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Mike is preceded in death by his daughter Mary "Baby" Knudson, granddaughter Janelle Byers, father Sam Knudson, Jr., mother Amy Marvin, step father Harry Marvin, brothers Harold, Samuel, James, and Ralph. Mike had a full life and will be missed by all. Services were held in October.
Final services will be held in the spring at Hoonah Icy Straits Cannery where he was raised as a child with brothers James, Ralph, Samuel, Harold and sister Mary. The traditional 40 day dinner will be held at Hoonah ANB on December 1.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30, 2012