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Thomas Francisco “Cisco” Martinez Jr., 54, died Jan. 5, 2018, in Juneau. He was born Aug. 21, 1963, in Ketchikan.
Tree celebration

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A dwarf weeping cherry tree planted near Ketchikan High School will be the subject of a special rededication this coming Earth Day.

In 1999, Krys Martin's first grade class at White Cliff Elementary School became pen pals with Mille Campbell's first-grade class at Alta Vista Elementary School in Haines City, Fla. The classes exchanged letters and mementos through the school year, each sharing their town's history, weather, animals and surroundings.

Campbell said she had the idea of presenting a Giving Tree to Martin's class to thank them for their friendship. She arranged with the Kayhi principal to plant the tree outside the school’s office door due to a lack of space at the White Cliff Building. During the planting ceremony students, helped dig the hole and plant the tree.

"Each time I go back to Ketchikan, I go by and check on the tree," Campbell said in an email. "No one else outside this little circle of people knows about the tree's significance."

Campbell and her daughter, Jessica Mathews, will hold a rededication ceremony for the tree at noon on Tuesday, and have invited any students who were in Martin's first grade class to attend.

For more information, contact Jessica Mathews.