At the time of his death he was serving on the Angoon City Council and the board of Kootznoowoo, Inc., village corporation for Angoon. He had served as a member of both for over 30 years. He had previously served his community as mayor and his corporation as president and chairman of the board. He was also a long time member of the Angoon Community Association, the federally recognized tribal organization for Angoon.
Peter Jack was a Navy veteran of World War II. He served on a 50' rescue boat, attained petty officer rank as coxswain, and then skippered a 35' boat with three men under him. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he returned to Alaska and his career as a commercial fisherman. Before the war, Peter had worked on his brother Eddie's boat, beginning at the age of 13. After discharge from the Navy, he fished out of Ketchikan and Sitka, finally returning to Angoon in the mid-1950s where he joined the crew on Charlie Joseph's boat. In 1959, Jack took over his father-in-law's boat, the F/V Carolyn J, and in 1962 acquired the seiner F/V Jerilyn, a boat he fished for the next 44 years. He also worked as a big game guide.
Peter Jack Sr. was Teikweid? from Shaanax H?t (Bear Den in the Valley House) and his Tlingit names were Daahéetsi and Kaachgahéit. His father, Little Jack (Woolshook) was Deisheetaan. His mother Annie (Yaxlahaat) was the daughter of William (Taaká) and Anna George (Kaaswoot), William George being L'eeneid?. Prior to his death, Peter Jack adopted Clarence Jackson into the Teikweid? Clan, giving him the name Gagooch. A fluent speaker of Tlingit, at the time of his passing Jack was a member of the Sealaska Heritage Institute Council of Elders.
"Peter Jack was respected throughout Southeast Alaska for his honesty, integrity, and leadership," his family said. "He was born again in 1967, and lived the rest of his life a devout Christian. He loved Angoon, his friends and family."
In September 2006, after years of study and service, Peter Jack was ordained a minister of the Angoon Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife Ethel, sons Peter Jr. and Dennis, daughters Carol Martin and Jerilyn George; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his brother Frank Jack Sr., sister Jenny Jim, and numerous nephews and nieces.
The funeral, with Dr. Walter Soboleff presiding, will be held at the Angoon ANB Hall beginning at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, January 7, with interment following in the Angoon Cemetery.
Pall Bearers: Edward Jack, Willie Jack Jr., Edward Kookesh, Alvin Johnson, Jeff Jackson, Aaron McClusky, Travis Woodbury, Peter Demmert, and George Jim Jr.
Honorary Pall Bearers: Walter Soboleff, John Norman, Joey Zuboff, Edward Gamble Sr., Edward Thomas, Peter Naoroz, Matthew Carle, Byron Mallott, Cyril George Sr., Steve Alstead, Edwell John Sr., and Donald Gregory.