Life of Archie W. McCarr To be Celebrated Oct. 16

Archie Wayne McCarr


Archie Wayne McCarr passed away October 6, 2021, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, surrounded by his family via video. He was 40.

A celebration of his life will be held 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the United Pentecostal Church, 101 Cascade Creek Road. A reception will be held downstairs after the service.

Archie was born July 29, 1981, in Bethel, to June McCarr and George G. Johnson III. 

When he was 5 he was moved to Sitka by his dad and grandparents. He attended Sitka schools, from kindergarten to when he graduated from Pacific High School in 2002. He joined the Alaska National Guard. At this time Archie lived with his dad until his dad married Tracy and moved back to England, United Kingdom. Archie stayed here in Sitka, got a job at SEARHC as a security guard and also worked at Avis Rent A Car.

When Archie moved to Bethel for a bit he worked in the local grocery store. On his time off he enjoyed playing basketball, keeping himself in good physical shape. His favorite pastime was fishing with his dad, uncle, cousins, and friends. 

Archie was preceded in death by his mother June McCarr; his grandparents David and Lucy McCarr; and his uncles Fritz McCarr and Peter McCarr Sr., of Bethel.

On his dad’s side, his grandma Gertrude H. Shayen (Sitka); his uncle PFC William L. Shayen Jr. (Sitka); his cousins CPL Robert D. Samuelson Jr.  (Metlakatla), Steven W. Allery Jr.  (Sitka), and William D. Allery (Sitka) and his grandfather George B. Johnson Jr.,  (Angoon) preceded him in death.

Archie is survived by his parents George and Tracy Johnson III (England, United Kingdom); his sister Elsie Keezer and Nicolai Phillip, and their daughter Jacqueline (Bethel); his stepbrothers Chris Froggatt and Becki Holam and their kids Billy, Jake, Louis, Grace, Joseph, James, and Cody  (England, United Kingdom); Shane Pateman and Shannon Brammer and their kids Jayden and Alivia (England, United Kingdom); stepsister Shannon Pateman and Ed Worswick (England, United Kingdom); his grandpa William Shayen Sr. (Sitka); uncle Brian Johnson and Sharon Thomas (Sitka); his aunties Myrna Johnson and family (Sitka), Mary Samuelson and Andy Morris and family (Ketchikan), Sheryl and Mike Sanderson and family (Arizona), Georgianna and Michael Smith and family (Sitka), Karen Howard and family (Florida), Karla Shayen and family (California).

Archie’s sisters are Janelle (Olrick) Nick and their kids Justin Alicia (Bethel), and Lisa Amarok and kids Jonathan and Aubree (Bethel).

His brothers are Stanley Amarok and his kids Tesslynn and Angus (Bethel), and Joseph Schooler and Alathea Sugar and their kids David, Charlotte, and Rachel (Bethel).

Archie is loved and will be missed by many. He was kindhearted, well-mannered, and had a very contagious smile that made you feel, no matter what, that everything would be all right.

“It’s never goodbye, it’s see you later.”

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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:55 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 2,414

Total statewide – 167,008

Total (cumulative) deaths – 953

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,311

Current Hospitalizations – 81

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 130 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 7

Cases in last 7 days – 130

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,467

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.





January 2002

Classified ads, Rentals: 3-bdrm. house on the beach. $900; 3-bdrm duplex, washer/dryer $945; Great downtown house, 2 bdrms., 2 baths, furnished,
W/D, hardwood floors $850; 2-bdrm. roomy apartment $945..


January 1972

The City and Borough Assembly Tuesday approved an ordinance establishing a transportation committee to advise the assembly and promote transportation services for the municipality. Members are Cecil McClain, Ray Mabey, Clarence Kramer,
Dick Cushing and Burt Hansen.