John (Jack) Myron Kidder, 88, of Anacortes went to be with his wife, Celeste, on Friday morning, June 7, 2013 at Fidalgo Care Center. He was born on November 21, 1923, in Anacortes, the son of Ernest John (E.J.) and Marcella Ann (Stankus) Kidder, the oldest of four children.
Jack served in the U. S. Navy on the USS Caiman submarine. He was on four war patrol assignments in the South Pacific on the Caiman.
Jack was a life member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans. Following the Navy, he gillnetted on his boat the Siwash.
He was a member of the Snohomish Tribe of Indians serving as Chief Historian. Jack also researched the ancestry of all the Northwest Indian tribes.
On May 4, 1946 he married Celeste Welter and they had three children, John, Kathy, and Terri. The family spent most of their summers on Cypress Island where they owned property.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Celeste; son, John; and his two brothers, Gordon and Mike Kidder.
He is survived by his two daughters and son-in-law, Kathy and Ron Peterson and Terri Marshall; former daughter-in-law, Laura Lohoal-Drew; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister and son-in-law, Susan and Mike Goad; sister-in-law, LaVone Kidder; and many nieces and nephews.
A Rosary service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Anacortes.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 14, 2013 at St. Mary Catholic Church followed by interment at Grand View Cemetery.
A reception will be held back at the Fr Auer Center at St. Mary Catholic Church.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.
To share memories of Jack, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.