Daniel Sinakok Iyatunguk
Daniel Sinakok Iyatunguk, 76, died March 20,
2009, at home in Shishmaref, sitting next to his beloved wife.
A funeral was Saturday at Shishmaref Lutheran
Daniel was born Oct. 9, 1932, in Shishmaref to
Frank and Florence Iyatunguk.
was the youngest of 10 children. When he was 2 years old, his family moved to
Deering and he attended Deering School until the fifth grade. He would go
seining for fish in the river.
Daniel joined the Army in his early 20s and
received his GED. He went to basic training at Fort Richardson for six months.
He was drafted in 1957 and stationed as a paratrooper in Germany from 1957 to
1959. Daniel sang and played violin in a group with his older brother Laban
Iyatunguk (guitar), longtime friends Wilbur Karmun (accordion), Jimmy Knox
(tub-bass) and Frank Tiepelman (mandolin).
Daniel and Florence were married on July 17,
1972, and they were known for horn doll carving. He was a past member of the
Deering and Shishmaref IRA Councils, Shishmaref Lutheran Church Council, mayor
on the Shishmaref City Council, and at the time of his death was the chairman of
the Elders Committee. He was honored serving the community and helped anyone
when they needed help, especially when someone was in need of prayers.
Daniel is survived by his loving wife,
Florence; daughters, Pauline, Esther, Nora and Inez Iyatunguk; sons, Verne and
Gilford Iyatunguk; and grandchildren, Matthew, Elsie, Sharla, Dylon, Kelsi,
Mamie, Daniel, Vivian, Aaron, Kenny, Corben and Colten; Sharon F. Nayokpuk,
Frances Eutuk and Sandi Keller, whom he regarded as his daughters; brother,
Laban and Irene Iyatunguk Sr.; brothers-in-law, Stewert Davis, Winfred, Delbert
and Tommy (Vivian) Obruk; sisters-in-law, Grace (John) Pullock, and Lucy Obruk;
and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Daniel was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Rudolph Iyatunguk and
Frank Iyatunguk Jr.; sisters Bertha, Alice Karmun, Gladys Iyatunguk, Emma Davis,
Dorothy and Clarence Bartholomew, and an infant sibling; nieces, Rebecca Olanna,
Elsa Adams, Florence and Gwendolyn Iyatunguk and Johanna Hickerson; and nephews,
Bobby and Roger Iyatunguk, Paul Nickolson and Kevin Pullock.
Published in adn.comAlaska Daily News from 21 March 2009