Danny Lakip

A memorial service will be held at Church of Christ on Mendenhall Loop in Juneau at 2 p.m., Friday. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at 1 p.m., before the service. A reception will follow at the church. The family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of Juneau.  
Danny was born on April 11, 1959, in San Diego. After moving to Union City, he became a beloved member of Ann and John White’s family and was raised as one of five boys. He graduated from Obion County Central High School in Troy in 1978. Danny was passionate about sports and lettered in football, track and basketball. After high school, he attended Murray State University in Kentucky.
After joining his family, who had relocated to Juneau, Danny attended UAS and received his bachelor’s degree in social work. He met his wife, Leah Sims, and they were married in 1983. His son, Chaz was born in 1984. He attended Portland State for post graduate education and returned to Juneau. His daughter, Mica, was born in 1985.   
Danny spent his life serving others. He worked in social services with families and children in Ketchikan and Juneau for the state, worked with seniors all over Southeast Alaska for Catholic Community Services, worked for the Juneau School District and worked on workforce development with the state. He retired in May of 2014 and pursued his lifelong desire to buy a fishing boat and become a commercial fisherman. The Tellus became a part of his life in 2013.
Danny was an involved member of the Church of Christ. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting with family and friends.
Danny fell in love again when his grandson, Kolten, was born in 2008. Kolten was his frequent companion when he was out and about in Juneau.   
Danny is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years; his son, Chaz Lakip; his daughter, Mica DeWitt; his grandson, Kolten; his mother, Ann Kennedy; four brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Pat White, Jeff and Lisa White and Terry and Lynn White, all of Juneau, and Romy and Edith Lakip of Alanta; his sister, Linda Lakip of Nashville; and numerous nieces and nephews.  
Danny was preceded in death by his father, John White; and his brother, Tim White.  
Condolences may be left on Legacy Alaska online guest book at http://www.legacyalaska.com/obituaries/Danny-Lakip.

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