Frederick James Wallace Sr., 79, of the Raven Sculpin House, died Oct. 5, 2020, in Ketchikan.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1940, to Bucey and Pearl (Rowan) Wallace in Klawock. He grew up as the eldest of nine children, and attended Ketchikan High School.

In 1965, he married Karen Kay Dennis in Ketchikan.

He was a commercial fisherman, and lived in Ketchikan most of his life.

Mr. Wallace enjoyed playing basketball and enjoyed success at the state level during the 1960s.

“He loved learning, talking about, practicing and competing in karate where he earned a brown belt at the age of 78,” his family writes.

He was a member of the Ketchikan Indian Community, Sealaska and Haida Corp.

“Fred was committed to the progress of Alaska Native people,” his family writes. “Fred was a great friend and had a happy demeanor and always went out of his way to visit with people and make them smile.”

Mr. Wallace was preceded in death by his father, Bucey F. Wallace; mother, Pearl Doris (Rowan) Martin; brothers and sisters, Byron Edward Wallace, Carol Rose Wallace, Rowland Bucey Wallace, Kathy Jean Wallace, Phil George Jackson and William Edward Jackson.

He is survived by his son, Frederick James (Marci S.) Wallace Jr.; grandchildren, Brandon Michael (Miranda Lastinger) Wallace, Nicholas Frederick Wallace, Jacob Scott Wallace, Zachary James Wallace and Tiva May Wallace; and great-grandchildren, Rhett Xavier Wallace and Bailey Elizabeth Wallace.

Donations can be made to the local American Cancer Society.