John Charles “Jack” Hudson Jr., 83, died Aug. 4, 2019, in Anchorage.
He was born July 17, 1936, in Metlakatla. He spent most of his youth living between Metlakatla and other areas of the Pacific Northwest, “having particularly fond memories of his time spent in Anacortes and Ballard, Washington,” his family writes.
He joined the Army and was stationed in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and in Puerto Rico. In 1972, he returned to Metlakatla, where he met and married his wife, Marian.
“Jack is well known for his contribution to the revival of Northern Northwest Coast Art,” his family writes.
Mr. Hudson restored the totem pole in Seattle's Pioneer Square, and co-created the original Welcome to Ketchikan sign. He also was one of the earliest instructors at Ketchikan's Totem Heritage Center.
“Most notably, however, he started the world renowned art program at the Annette Island School District that still thrives today,” his family writes. “While Jack's art and teaching careers were impressive, he also dabbled in many other fields, thirsting for knowledge and tinkering in blacksmithing, jewelry-making, mathematics, electronics and science.”
Mr. Hudson is survived by his six brothers and sisters; three children; seven step-children; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 31, 2019, at the Presbyterian Church in Metlakatla. A graveside service and dinner at the Metlakatla town hall will follow.