OBITUARY: David Hiram Drake, 1932-2022

David Hiram Drake He was born on March 7, 1932, and on March 5, 2022, he moved on to the “happy hunting grounds.” He had a long and remarkable life of almost 90 years. His lifelong friend Rani Beck (Bronson Double) left us on the same day. Both were “cheaters” by Somers Bar and Orleans at an early age. Our Karuk tribe call them “Pihneefichs” (coyotes).

Dave served as a military policeman during the 1955-56 Korean War. He has been a bartender in Eureka, Willow Creek and Los Angeles for many years. He also worked in local sawmills. He had a sawmill that he used for many years in Alaska.

Dave married his first wife, Bonnie Rail, and they had a beautiful Karuk Indian woman and a son – David Drake, a karate expert. He and his sons David, Robert, Michael and Gabriel (Chiki) were national karate champions from 1988 to 1991.

Dave Drake married his second wife, Adrian “Cudlles” Kolgrov, a Hupha drugist. She moved overseas on April 3, 2016. They lived together. On the banks of the beautiful Trinity River, Dave sat and watched the salmon run over the river. Dave and Cuddles grow beautiful flowers and have many family gatherings, weddings, funerals, and so on. Dave was an expert “horticultural tourist”!

Dave was one of eight brothers. When Dave was eight, his sister, Zona Ferris, told him to get out of the apple tree. He did not really hear her. She threw an apple at him and knocked him down. He fell to the ground and broke his arm. Living with seven sisters was not easy, especially when they were curling their hair and trying to look like a girl.

As a child, Dave ran away from his mother, Loné Drake, and tried to climb the fence. She laughed when she took the drug home and punished him. He could not believe that she was being held. It was a busy Saturday at Drake’s house at Somes Bar – working, cleaning, etc. – but Dave was always gone. He was reading under a tree.

As a boy, Dave spent time in a marble camp. His father and mother introduced President Hoover and Stanford University team to the Hoover Cabinet. They were also very proud of the legacy of President Warren Harding, who had a very good legal mind. Dave served at the Caruk India Council at an early age. He came to salmon at Ishi Pishi Fute to help feed the natives of Katimin (some bar) and Panamnik (Orleans).

Dave was a very spiritual man and was very involved in local Indian ceremonies. He made an Indian drum that he learned from his father-in-law, Frank Kolgrov. Dave Gugu was a horseman and always had a quarter horse. A.D. He treats the animals better than his friends. ” Dave loved to spend time in Reno, Nevada, Lucky Bear, Hupi and Blue Lake casinos.

Dave leaves his son David Drake, (Linda Rhodes); His sisters are Betty Bakok, Shirley Bates and Beve Drake-Bradshow; His grandchildren, David, Michael, Robert and Gabriel; Grandchildren Ashley, Qo: so: s, Xatimniim, Tanis, Carmen, Aryana, Kinden, David Drake V, Witisu Schlutter, Robert Drake Jr. and Islin Drake. He had so many sisters, nieces and nephews to mention.

Dave Drake’s family would like to thank his nieces and nephews Renee Ferris and Poppy George, and David and Linda for their help during this time of grief.

Covenant-19 celebrates the end of life.

Pall bearers are Joe Lemuux, Porti Blake, Robert Atberry, Tim Busell, Brian Tripe and Walt Lara.


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