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Nov. 21, 1926 – Feb. 10, 2011


Tan’qiaraq, Jacob Nash, son of Nasiryuaq & Kaviaq, died peacefully surrounded by his family, grandchildren & great grandchildren on February 10, 2011 at the Anchorage ANMC hospital.

Jacob was born November 21, 1926 around Qissunaq area. He leaves his brothers Charlie Friday & George Nash & loving sister Josephine Noratak. acob was 84 years old, lived his life to the fullest, growing up in his traditional native land around Chevak, Alaska.

He married Mary Kokrak in 1952. Together they raised five boys, four girls & three grandchildren. He later raised his great grandson & two more grandchildren. He was an excellent provider, leader & teacher.

He is a veteran of the Alaska National Guard, retired from the BIA Chevak Day School after many years of employment. He then served as a deacon at the Sacred Heart Church in Chevak until his retirement. He was always busy taking care of his home, family & volunteering at the church. His faith & love continues today in everyday interactions with all those he met, both young & old.

He was a commercial fisherman at Kokechik Bay. He was an avid moose hunter, making annual trips to the Yukon River. His love & ability of hunting were impressionable. He shared what he knew to everyone yearning to learn to provide for their families.

Family knowledge was important to him, ilakucaraq. He made sure we knew our relatives as brothers & sisters, treating them as his own children. He showed us how to love one another. Jacob never saw failure as an option, he saw opportunities & pursued them with true dedication & drive.

Jacob believed & encouraged higher education & employment. He would be proud of his family members plans to pursue growth & success, including traditional subsistence & survival skills. He pursued excellence in all that he did, doing it the right way and often his way.

Jacob lived his final years at Providence Extended Care, receiving excellent care. Although he missed his family & home, his words when he entered the facility was ‘Nanikuanaitelliniuq man’a.’ He showed us his strength in his final hours. He is a noble fighter.

He is survived by his children & their families: Reuben & Betty, Frederick & Marita & Xavier Nash, Michael & Etta Tall; Eva & David O’Malley, Stella & Larry Lake, James, Jolene, Dayna, Billy, Thadius & BJ and numerous grandchildren & greats.

Jacob is preceded in death by his wife Mary Nash; his brother Joseph Ayagarak Sr. & sister Louise Tall; his daughters Flora Blakesley & Regina Nayamin; his sons Billy & Daniel Nash; his grandchildren Reuben II, Aaron & Jasmine Nash, Rayna Blakesley & Amy Moses.

Our deepest thanks & sincere appreciation to all his grandchildren who took care of him at home, the nursing staff at ANMC hospital, care providers at Providence Extended Care, Alaskan Heritage & to all the people who came to be with us at the hospital and at his home,. A very special appreciation to David & Teresa Ulroan, Edna Napoleon, Cecelia Martz, Aggie Ayagarak, Mary Lake Kleinkauf, Margie Murran, Karen Gauthier, Linda Daney, Janet Andrew, Andrew Tall & to the singers who came to us each day including Morris Aguchak, Dennis Jones, Sam Henry, George Smith, Alexie Kanrilak, David Friday, Gregory Slats Jr. & Joseph Ayagarak Jr., those who traveled from other villages, who brought us food to serve our guests, who helped us manage our kitchen & home, who stayed the nights, & local business agencies who assisted us during this time: Chevak TC, Chevak Company, Our Cache, CVRF, Bethel VFW, Hageland Aviation, AVCP Inc & Andrew Boyscout & Family for the beautiful pictures & program. It was his time, you all made a big difference to us by being there! The days were filled with praise which lifted the sadness in our hearts. Quyana Agayun!!

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