Governor Walker Lowers Flags to Honor Former State Representative Moses Paukan, Sr.
May 9, 2017 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker today ordered all state flags be lowered in honor of former Representative Moses Paukan, Sr., who passed away on Sunday, April 16. Representative Paukan served in the Alaska Legislature from 1967-1970.
“Representative Paukan was a respected leader and representative,” Governor Walker said. “His service both in the legislature and throughout his community showed the commitment and dedication of a true public servant. Lt. Governor Mallott and I extend our sincerest condolences to Rep. Paukan’s family, and those across the state who knew and admired him.”
Rep. Paukan was the Mayor of St. Mary’s when he was appointed by Gov. Walter J. Hickel to replace the late Rep. John L. Westdahl in the State House in 1967. In addition to serving in the Legislature, Rep. Paukan was a noted leader in his community and region, serving as president of the St. Mary’s Native Corporation, president of the Village Council Presidents Association, and on the Calista Corporation Board of Directors, among other things. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Martha nèe Sinka; nine children; thirty grandchildren; and forty great-grandchildren.
Governor Walker ordered that all state flags be lowered to half-staff at sunrise on Wednesday, May 10. Flags should return to full staff at sunset on Thursday, May 11.