Tina McNamee, Former Resident, Dies in Idaho

Tina Marie McNamee

Tina Marie McNamee peacefully passed away at home, surrounded by her loving family, at the young age of 53 on Nov. 11, 2023.

Tina was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Sitka High School in 1988. Her dedication to education led her to earn a master’s degree in education and library science.

Among Tina’s notable professional achievements was the establishment of the first drama and debate club at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, which went on to achieve state recognition. Later, in collaboration with Kevin, she co-owned and successfully built a flourishing fishing charter business.

Later in life she moved to Sandpoint, Idaho. Tina found fulfillment in her connections with her spouse, Crista, and her four children. Her familial bonds were strengthened by a profound love for the arts, evident in her children’s musical and performing talents today. Nurturing her relationships with her children, Tina spent quality time immersed in nature, sharing wild adventures and imparting her life’s wisdom.

Tina’s outdoor passions included her kid’s sporting events, snowboarding some pow-pow at the summit of Schweitzer, kayaking on lakes and oceans, sailing with “Captain McSteamy” and enjoying bonfires with family and friends.

As an only child, Tina forged her own sisterhood, forming enduring bonds. Known for her approachable spirit, she radiated light and love, filling rooms with infectious laughter and an unwavering ability to see the good in others. Her absence will be keenly felt by all who cherished her.

She is survived by her wife Crista Favazza, her children Sierra, Tyler, Kailee, and Zephyr, and her parents Michael and Ikuko Sullivan of Sitka.

A celebration of her life will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Pine Street Woods, 11915 W Pine Street, Sandpoint, ID 83864.

Friends are invited to visit the online guest book, leave condolences for the family, and share memories and pictures for all to see.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation in Tina’s name to “Kaniksu Land Trust” https://www.kaniksu.org/donate.

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