Lewis Nakarak

Lewis Nakarak

December 29, 1962 – March 27, 2024

Lewis Nakarak was born Dec. 29, 1962 to the late Andrew and Ida Takak Nakarak. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife, children, brothers, sisters and loved ones on March 27, 2024.

Lewis was born on Old Site Shaktoolik. He attended grade school at Shaktoolik and Elim. He started commercial fishing with his dad during the summer and working odd jobs whenever he could pay for his own tuition. He attended all four years of school at Covenant High School in Unalakleet, where he graduated.

He was a lifelong fisherman and even when herring prices were so low, he didn’t make any money, he was still out in the ocean doing what he loved.

He coached many basketball players and with his skills as a coach his teams won many games throughout his career. He received countless MVP and All Tourney awards throughout his career. He always held a special place in his heart for those he coached and had special names for most of them.

He also coached City League and brought his teams to many championship games. The Mavericks, Lady Mavs, as well as the City League Ladies Team from Golovin won tourneys with his expertise and guidance. He knew the game and knew how to use his players to the best of their abilities.

He went on trainings to receive his many certificates including CDL, Level 2 Water Plant Operator, heavy equipment operator, mechanic engineer, he worked for NSEDC, Schlumberger, North Slope, BSSD. He served on the Tribal Council, was a NSHC Board member for six months when he made board member of the year. He accomplished so much throughout his life.

He had a very strong work ethic that we will always admire and remember. His quote was “Eskimos never get stuck” and would always say he was using “Eskimo ingenuity” that made him Jack of all trades. There was nothing he couldn’t fix!

His faith in God was evident through his whole life. Many times his faith brought him through the struggles of life. His faith was tested to the limit when he was asked to go out in rough waters that no one else would attempt. With his boat, the AJ and a Blackhawk helicopter guiding him, he was able to successfully rescue the crew that he was asked to help. Faith in God, that was his amazing faith in God. He held onto that faith until he took his last breath, closed his eyes and went to meet our Lord and Savior. He has a new body and is rejoicing in heaven with our loved ones.

He married his first and last wife Genevieve Rock on Dec. 29, 1988. They were married for 27 years. The remarried Feb. 24, 2024 with her brother Curtis Rock as ordained minister and Elmer Bekoalok as their witness. They had four children, Michael Rock, Andrew Nakarak, Chantelle Nakarak, Sheri Nakarak and Lewis’ daughter Alvina Amaktoolik.

They were lifelong friends since the age of four and five. Lewis had told Gena he remembered playing with her in her sand box which she could not remember, but uncle Fred verified, who had carried the sand up from the beach. Lewis told her that they were destined to be together from an early age.

He loved and cherished their children and raised them well. Lewis and Gena also became foster parents and over the years had at least 20 -30 children in their care.

Lewis is survived by his wife Gena, children Michael (Lynnette); Andrew (Leona); Chantelle (Mike); Sheri, as well as Alvina. Grandchildren Bryce, Liam, Griffin, Brooke, Jamie, Michaela, baby Lewis, Rose, Trey, and his grandchildren Cory Jr., Dorian, Lavinna, Lela, Ahmia, and Camry; his sisters Jessie Anasogak, Josie Lynch (Bob), Bessie Baxter (Bill); and Carla Ivanoff (Wesley Sr.); brothers Peter, Morris (Lolita) David, Gary (Josie), and Stanton and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lewis was preceded in death by both parents Andrew and Ida Nakarak, brother John Nakarak and mother-in-law Eva Bardson.



The Nome Nugget

PO Box 610
Nome, Alaska 99762

Phone: (907) 443-5235
Fax: (907) 443-5112


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