Lyle PrinceJanuary 16, 2017
Lyle Prince, the last full-blooded Jamestown S'Klallam tribal citizen, died in Sequim at the age of 89.
He was born on September 25, 1927, the youngest son of David and Lizzie (Hunter) Prince. David was the last hereditary chief of the S'Klallam Tribe, the son of the Prince of Wales and grandson of the Duke of York, Chief Chetzemoka.
Lyle grew up on the family farm at Jamestown and in his early years became a boxer. He joined the Merchant Marines in 1944, serving in the Pacific. He married Pat Johnson in 1947 and during his career worked in local mills and raced speed boats.
Lyle and Pat raised their family at Jamestown and in Port Angeles, returning to Jamestown in the mid-1970s. Providing for and protecting his family were of utmost importance to Lyle.
He was active in the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, serving as tribal council chair from 1956-66 and as a council member in 1979 and 1981-90, helping the tribe win the Indian Land Claims lawsuit, gain federal recognition and serving on the tribal oyster board from 1990-2005 and the Tribal Elders Committee from 1993-2009. He also barbecued salmon for tribal picnics for many decades.
He was a devoted member of the Sequim Valley Lions Club. He served as president in 1974-75. During his years of service, while Pat barbecued tons of chicken, Lyle raced in the Lions' Demolition Derby to raise funds to build Carrie Blake Park and the Guy Cole Convention Center.
He was named Lion of the Year in 1976, 1977, 1979 and 1980; given the Lions' Outstanding Service Award in 1979-80; and awarded Lions International's highest award - the Melvin Jones Award for Dedication to Humanitarian Services - in 1991-92.
When 7 Cedars Casino opened in 1995, Lyle was one of its first greeters and drove a shuttle bus and the limo. In 2007, he was named Grand Pioneer of the Sequim Irrigation Festival.
He was preceded in death by siblings Lillian Prince Sullivan, Oliver "Buck" Prince, Ruby Prince George, Betty Prince Holden and Mickey Prince Judson; Pat, his wife of 53 years, who died in 2001; and daughter Janice Prince Eberle, who died in 1998.
He is survived by his children Beth (Ed) Anders, Cliff (Kathy) Prince and Julie Powers; grandchildren Eddie Anders, Lisa Emperado, Jacob Powers, David Prince and Heidi Eberle Powless; great-grandchildren Jayden Madden, Mathias and Josiah Powless, and Ella Anders; and a large, loving extended family.
The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at Discovery Memory Care and especially Joe Bridge of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, at Red Cedar Hall on the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Campus, 1033 Old Blyn Highway in Blyn. -