Donald 'Rookie' Black
March 3, 1956
July 13, 2011
Donald Black was born March 3, 1956, to Roland and Dorothy Black in Forks, Washington. He went to be with the Lord July 13, 2011 at the family home surrounded by family and friends. He attended schools in Hoquiam, Concho Indian School, and graduated from Cheraw Indian School in 1973. He completed a 2-year Refrigeration Training Certificate from Clover Park Technical School, Tacoma, Washington.
He was employed by New England Fish Company, High Tide-Seafood, a fisherman, and worked at Quileute Tribal School. He enjoyed and loved all children. He was a coach for the girl's fast pitch team "Moody's", who he called his moody girls. Donald was elected as the First local Elder of the 1910 La Push Indian Shaker Church, March 5, 2011.
Rookie married his wife, Shelly, March 30, 1985, and they renewed their vows for their 25th wedding anniversary. His devoted his life to his family, church and community.
He was preceded in death by his father, Roland Black, Sr.; step-father Robert Ward, Sr.; sisters Roberta, Ann, and Winifred; his brother Rex Ward; and his son, Corey Jackson.
Donald is survived by his mother, Dorothy Ward; brothers Leroy Black, Roland Black, Jr., Harold Black, Robert Ward, Jr., Jeff Ward, John Ward, Mike Ward, Frank Ward, and Steven Smith; sisters Cathy Black, Rosalie Black, Dorothea Ward, Nancy Ward, Karen Ward, Linda Reid, Rita Williams, Angel Francis, Eileen Ward, and Laura Ward; children Charlotte Jackson, Robert Taylor, Robert Soberly III, John Dunbar, Angel Williams, Carla Soberly, Trina Black, Suzanna Black, Donald Penn, and Faro So Happy; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild due in November.
A candlelight service will be Monday, July 18 2011, 7:00 p.m. at the Shaker Church in La Push, Wash. A funeral will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the Akalat Center.
Arrangements under the direction of Harper Ridgeview Funeral Chapel, Port Angeles, WA.