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Frank Ostlund Attla, 21, passed on to the happy hunting grounds on May 26, 2010, in North Pole.
Frank was born in Fairbanks on July 17, 1988, during a good salmon run, to George Attla Jr., of Huslia, and Tamara Ostlund, of Fairbanks. He was raised in North Pole and Huslia.
He attended grade school in North Pole, high school in Huslia and proudly received his high school diploma at the Military Youth Academy in Anchorage. His favorite teacher and coach was his dad.
Frank was passionate about his family, dog mushing and the Army. Frank had a zest for life and a great sense of humor. He loved to make people laugh and smile. Frank enjoyed hunting, snowmachining, dancing and music, and loved to share a good story. Frank was especially proud to be an uncle and best friend to Gary Attla Jr., Stewart and Randy Attla, and also best friends to Joey and Craig Thomas, Bowen Alexander, Ivan Vent and Timothy Sam.
At an early age, he began racing dogs and was delegated youth spokesman for the Junior Dog Mushers Association. Later, he competed in dog races on the Koyukuk River, Yukon River and Canada.
Frank also worked as a seasonal fire fighter, trapper, woodcutter, laborer at the Hog River Mine and a deckhand for Inland Barge. He lived his dream of joining the Army Reserve.
In November 2009, he graduated Basic Training in Texas and Advanced Individual Training in May. He recently came home to Alaska with his new title, Private First Class Frank Attla. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1984th United States Army Hospital in the Patient Administration Department. Frank was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Frank is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents George Sr. and Eliza Attla, maternal grandfather Douglas Ostlund Sr., sister Barbara Attla, nephew Stephan Attla, uncles Frank Attla and Ron Manook, and his aunt Minnie Yatlin.
He is survived by his father George Attla Jr., mother Tamara Ostlund, sister Shey Attla, brother Gary Attla, brother George Attla III and Christine, sisters Phyllis Attla and Marilyn Attla, sister Eliza and Charles Tiulana, Amanda Attla, and maternal grandmother Agnes Ostlund. As well as many loved uncles, aunties, nephews, nieces, and cousins.
A service will be held at 11 am on Monday, May 31 at the tribal hall in Fairbanks. He will be laid to rest with full military honors at Birch Hill following the service. A potlatch will follow at 6 p.m. at the tribal hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Published in Daily News-Miner on May 30, 2010
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