Remembering Joe Lomack

Story by – Alex Nick, past YKHC First Vice President, and others

February 22, 2012 - 2 minutes read

12/27/24 – 1/28/12

Joseph Uyaquq Lomack was born to the late Louie Lomack and Lizzie Andrew of Akiachak. He was married to the late Freda (George) Lomack. Together they had five children. The first two, Lucy and Willie, died at an early age. Joseph married his second wife, Nastasia J. Lomack, and was married for 33 years.

Most of his friends called him “Joe” and grandchildren called him “Uppa Joe.” His education was limited up to third grade. With that, he supported his siblings when his father passed on. He supported his family by going to canneries, working as a school maintenance man for 25¢/hr, and a variety of other jobs.

He was in the Alaska Territorial Guard as an EMT. He later became a community health aide in Akiachak and was the maintenance man at the BIA school, as well as a welfare agent during the sixties.

In 1968, he was elected President of the Board of Directors of a new nonprofit health corporation—the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC). Joe continued his service to his community as the second traditional tribal chief of the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP), a Sunday school teacher, elder, and a board member for the pre-maternal home. Joe would help those who were stranded in far-away places. No matter who they were he would help them… He made a good example of himself to younger generations by helping others in need.

His family will remember him as a caring and loving father and grandfather. “His words and guidance have led many to focus on the Lord and what is good. For that we are grateful and will not forget your teachings and your laugh.”