Jeremy Ralph Amouak, 36, formerly of Alaska, passed away Sept. 21, 2012, in Chico, Calif. He sustained injuries in a vehicle collision.|
He was born Dec. 18, 1975, in Anchorage, to Mary Houlahan Amouak and Ralph Amouak.
Ralph spent most of his youth in Eagle River with his foster dad, Gene Augustine. His foster mother lived in Anchorage and participated in his guidance.
He was an avid Alaska hunter and fisherman, active in Boy Scouts; he attended summer camps locally and in Hawaii. As an Alaska Native, Ralph participated in a Cook Inlet Tribal Council Johnson O'Malley Program. He excelled in soccer in his youth and on high school teams, and he was a member of his high school cross-country ski team.
Ralph was a 1997 graduate of Chugiak High School, attended Montana State University, and completed his degree at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, N.M. He also attended classes at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan. Ralph was creative as a cook, and a hard worker in construction in New Mexico, Minnesota, Kansas, Oregon, Alaska and California. In recent years Ralph was active in Native American issues including protection of sacred sites and rights of indigenous tribes.
He was proudest of his daughter, Violet Abeytzi Amouak, born in 2002.
Ralph is survived by his daughter Violet Amouak, of Kansas City, Mo.; his father Ralph Amouak of Anchorage; his sisters Lori Amouak, of Fox, and Cassandra Amouak, of Seattle.
He also is survived by half-sister, Kay Amouak Wilson, and half-brother, William Amouak, both of Portland, and half-brothers, Bill and Tommy Amouak, of Basin, Wyo. Ralph also has many cousins in the Fairbanks and Anchorage areas. Ann Stockman, of Anchorage, and Gene Augustine, of Eagle River, were honored to be involved in Ralph's life.
A memorial service and potluck will occur, from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at the David Salmon Tribal Hall in Fairbanks. Additional memorial services will follow at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Eagle River, and in California at the Sogorea Te.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Oct. 5, 2012