Mervin Haven went to the great spirit in the sky while surrounded by loved ones on August 9, 2021. He was born in Crow Agency, Montana July 31, 1933 to Florence (Yarlett) and James Haven, and was the eldest of 10 siblings. He was preceded in death by wife of 67 years Arlene (Didrickson) Haven, his siblings Robert Doyle, Patrick Doyle, Thurlou Doyle, and Charles Doyle. He is survived by siblings Deana Dreamer, Michaelene Whiteman, Louise Doyle, John Doyle, and Lillian Bad Bear; and by his children Cheryl Haven, Kristine and Tim Gilmartin, Cynthia Haven, and Faline Haven and David Koch, as well as four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Mervin was a member of the Crow Nation of Montana, and his Indian name is ‘Di’ach Gosh BeChe Che’ which means “Chief of the Eagles.” He began working construction at a young age and continued his career upon moving to Alaska in 1950. Later on he had his own construction company, Haven Construction, and was instrumental in numerous development projects in Metlakatla. Mervin was an extremely generous man and always quick to lend a hand. He was known for his friendly demeanor, sense of humor, practical jokes, hard work, and a strong commitment to family and friends. Although Mervin loved hunting in both Montana and Alaska, he established his deepest roots in the state of Alaska. His joys in life were spending time with family, dancing, and working heavy construction. Mervin touched the lives of many and will always be in the hearts of his family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Metlakatla, Alaska at a later date.