Clifford Harvey Bolton, 79, died peacefully Feb. 5, 2020, in Ketchikan, surrounded by his family.
He was born to Ralph and Fanny Bolton on Nov. 13, 1940, In Metlakatla. He is an Eagle from the House of the Wolf. His Tlingit name is “Gooch,” which means “Wolf Tracks.”
He was the yougnest child of seven siblings. He was raised by his stepfather, William Alfred, who died on Sept. 21, 1979.
Mr. Bolton resided for 25 years in Los Angeles, where he was employed as administrative assistant to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, he became an avid fan of the Dodgers baseball team. After he retired, he returned to Ketchikan.
He was a Sealaska shareholder, and a member of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes, and a member of the Ketchikan Indian Community.
“After moving home he attended many Native functions and always proudly wearing his regalia,” his family writes.
He was a counted cross stitch master, and taught his niece, Misty, when she was 8 years old.
“They continued to share patterns and thread throughout the years,” his family writes.
During the summers, Mr. Bolton worked at the Soaring Eagle.
“His co-workers became his second family,” his family writes. “He loved meeting people and telling stories about his heritage. He was known as ‘uncle’ by many.”
“Our ‘uncle’ will be missed by all that knew him,” his family writes.
Mr. Bolton was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Ralph James Bolton, Viola (Floyd) Guthrie, Verna Ester Bolton, Warren Harvey Bolton, Roy David Bolton, Frederick Charles Bolton and Jerry Kenneth Bolton; and nephews and nieces, Ted and Tammy Glasser, Mike Glasser and Geraldine Bolton.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Ralph (Sharon) Bolton, Verna Hudson, Cecelia Glasser, Floyd (Mary Ann) Guthrie, Roy (Nancy) Guthrie, Janice Guthrie, Jerry (Elma) Guthrie, and Clifford (Lenore) Guthrie; many more nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews, and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.
A celebration of life was on Feb. 9, 2020 at the KIC Elder Center.
Mr. Bolton’s remains were cremated, and his ashes will be spread in “Cowboys Camp” on Annette Island, where he spent his younger days with his parents and his nephew Ralph.