In memory of
Paul Douglas "Doug" Erhart
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In memory of
Paul Douglas "Doug" Erhart
Our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend Paul Douglas "Doug" Erhart, 45, went home to be with the Lord in January 2010. He was born in Tanana on Jan. 25, 1965, to Lester and Josephine Gladys Erhart. Paul graduated from Tanana High School in 1983. In 1994, Paul received a bachelor's degree from Sheldon Jackson College in fisheries science. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Tanana, a shareholder of Tozitna Ltd., as well as a Tozitna board member and a Doyon Ltd. shareholder. Paul enjoyed many different fields of work. This was evident in his employment with the following: city of Tanana, Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, Doyon Drilling and the Tanana Tribal Council as the environmental director for several years. In 2004, Paul received two awards: Tozitna Shareholder of the Year and National River Hero. Paul was a lieutenant on Tanana Search and Rescue and a volunteer firefighter; a responsibility he gladly accepted, clearly concerned for the safety of all. Paul married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis, in 1989, and they were always seen in Tanana doing everything together. Paul was very proud of his four children and their accomplishments: Craig, Shawn, Charlie and Violet. In the past year, he became a proud grandpa to Cole Tohon Albert. He was so ecstatic when his son Shawn's high school basketball team won the State 3A championship in 2009. Growing up with traditional Athabascan values, Paul was an avid subsistence hunter and fishermen. Paul loved being on the Yukon River and spent a lot of time at his favorite spot at Eight Mile where the family has a cabin. He respected the land, and he passed on that knowledge to his children. Paul was concerned about the quality of life for his kids, and this was shown by his beliefs in "learning by doing." He was often found guiding and mentoring youths. He taught and nurtured many in Tanana and was a role model in the community. He will be greatly missed. We will especially miss his great sense of humor and sly smile. He is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis Erhart; children, Craig Thomas (Martina), Shawn Duane, Charlie Joe and Violet Mary; his pride and joy, grandson Cole; his father, Lester; sisters, Adrianna (Bob) and Judy (Willie); brothers, Curtis (Shannon), Chuck (Becky), Robert, Ronald, John (Christine) and Carl, Ronnie Evans (Thelma), Stewart Joseph (Bernice) and Ken Newman (Denise) and Harlen Frank (Lori); father-in-law, Buster Kennedy; sisters-in-law, Miranda Wiehl (Cliff) and Roxanne Kennedy; and many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends all over Alaska. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Erhart; brothers, Lester Jr. and Terry; grandparents, Harold and Adeline Woods and Charles and Nettie Erhart. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Tanana Community Hall. The Rev. Anna Frank will officiate. He will be laid to rest in Tanana. A potlatch will follow. Arrangements were by Fairbanks Funeral Home.
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In memory of
Paul Douglas "Doug" Erhart
Our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend Paul Douglas "Doug" Erhart, 45, went home to be with the Lord in January 2010. He was born in Tanana on Jan. 25, 1965, to Lester and Josephine Gladys Erhart. Paul graduated from Tanana High School in 1983. In 1994, Paul received a bachelor's degree from Sheldon Jackson College in fisheries science. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Tanana, a shareholder of Tozitna Ltd., as well as a Tozitna board member and a Doyon Ltd. shareholder. Paul enjoyed many different fields of work. This was evident in his employment with the following: city of Tanana, Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, Doyon Drilling and the Tanana Tribal Council as the environmental director for several years. In 2004, Paul received two awards: Tozitna Shareholder of the Year and National River Hero. Paul was a lieutenant on Tanana Search and Rescue and a volunteer firefighter; a responsibility he gladly accepted, clearly concerned for the safety of all. Paul married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis, in 1989, and they were always seen in Tanana doing everything together. Paul was very proud of his four children and their accomplishments: Craig, Shawn, Charlie and Violet. In the past year, he became a proud grandpa to Cole Tohon Albert. He was so ecstatic when his son Shawn's high school basketball team won the State 3A championship in 2009. Growing up with traditional Athabascan values, Paul was an avid subsistence hunter and fishermen. Paul loved being on the Yukon River and spent a lot of time at his favorite spot at Eight Mile where the family has a cabin. He respected the land, and he passed on that knowledge to his children. Paul was concerned about the quality of life for his kids, and this was shown by his beliefs in "learning by doing." He was often found guiding and mentoring youths. He taught and nurtured many in Tanana and was a role model in the community. He will be greatly missed. We will especially miss his great sense of humor and sly smile. He is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis Erhart; children, Craig Thomas (Martina), Shawn Duane, Charlie Joe and Violet Mary; his pride and joy, grandson Cole; his father, Lester; sisters, Adrianna (Bob) and Judy (Willie); brothers, Curtis (Shannon), Chuck (Becky), Robert, Ronald, John (Christine) and Carl, Ronnie Evans (Thelma), Stewart Joseph (Bernice) and Ken Newman (Denise) and Harlen Frank (Lori); father-in-law, Buster Kennedy; sisters-in-law, Miranda Wiehl (Cliff) and Roxanne Kennedy; and many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends all over Alaska. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Erhart; brothers, Lester Jr. and Terry; grandparents, Harold and Adeline Woods and Charles and Nettie Erhart. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Tanana Community Hall. The Rev. Anna Frank will officiate. He will be laid to rest in Tanana. A potlatch will follow. Arrangements were by Fairbanks Funeral Home.
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