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Casey Donald Nelson Sr., 88, died Nov. 30, 2017, in Anchorage.
He was born Feb. 8, 1929, in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. He resided in Metlakatla, British Columbia; and in Metlakatla.
Mr. Nelson was married on Feb. 8, 1954, at the Metlakatla Presbyterian Church.
He was one of the first police officers in Metlakatla. He was employed by Western Airlines and worked in numerous other occupations. He served as chief magistrate of the Metlakatla Indian Community, and served two terms as mayor of the Metlakatla Indian Community. He served 16 years on the MIC Council.
He was a member of the William Duncan Memorial Church.
Mr. Nelson enjoyed basketball. He was an All-Native Tournament Hall of Fame inductee and participant from 1947 (Panthers) to 2010 (MIC Masters).
“The last year he laced up his Converse (was) in February 2010,” his family writes.
Mr. Nelson also was a member of the Chester Bay Lions Club, and was a basketball referee.
He enjoyed a house full of family, fishing and playing poker with his buddies.
Mr. Nelson was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Nelson; mother, Dora Leighton; children, Franklin “Bunky” Nelson and Mercy Schleusner; sisters, Ruth Dudoward, Mercy Atkinson, Ruby Nelson, Ester Nelson, JoAnn Jackson and Alice Powell; and brothers, Charlie Nelson, Robert Nelson, Steve Nelson and Paul Mather.
He is survived by his children, Casey Nelson Jr., John Nelson, Michael (Collen) Nelson, Marcus Nelson, Marcella (Chip) Milton; Sharon Nelson, Steven Schleusner, Deana Nelson and Captain; siblings, Clarence (Velna) Nelson, Mae Doolan, Judy Leighton and Peter Sixby; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A service will be at the William Duncan Memorial Church, officiated by the Rev. Robb Shull.
Mr. Nelson’s remains will be interred at Oceanview Cemetery.