Lincoln Trigg, Sr.
Lincoln Trigg, Sr, known as LT, was born in Nome to Arthur and Eva Trigg. He was 84-years-old when he passed peacefully at Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome.
LT was raised at Cape Nome, living a subsistence lifestyle hunting and gathering from the land, rivers, and sea. During the spring and summers, the family hunted oogruk, seals and birds, and fished for salmon, while living at Cape Nome.
For July and August, the family moved to the Eldorado River camp, following the fish to put more away for the winter, hunted the fall migrating birds, and picked berries.
In September and October, they moved back to Cape Nome to hunt more seals and oogruk.
Later in life, he hunted beluga until his aging body prevented him from being out on the ocean.
LT enjoyed spending time outdoors doing subsistence actvities and being at the cabin at Cape Nome. To him, this was a reason for living, and when he was most calm and content. He always came back proud with his catch and always happily shared his catch. Every first oogruk of the season he caught, he shared it with many elders, family and friends.
LT attended school at Jesse Lee Home in Seward as a young boy. When he turned 18-years-old, he returned home and graduated from Nome Public High School.
LT and Janet married in 1962 and had five children: Irene, Lincoln Jr., Warren, Arnold and Blanche.
LT served in the Alaska Army National Guard from 1960 and was honorably discharged in 1965. He earned the Expert Rifle Badge with a 30 caliber.
LT attended the San Jose Welding Trade School in San Jose, California where he earned a Certificate in Welding. LT worked as a welder, mechanic, and fabricator in the late 1960’s to late 1970’s. During this time, he worked on highway and Trans-Alaska Pipeline construction projects as well as welding and construction of Cook Inlet oil platforms. He also helped with paving and resurfacing of the Alaska-Canada border, and airports in Anchorage, Kenai, Cold Bay.
He worked three years on the Nome-Teller Road project, helping with equipment overhauls and using cat trains to perform cross-country equipment transports.
LT changed his career path for opportunities that provided him to be home year round with his family. From 1980 to 1993, he was the General Manger of the Arctic Native Brotherhood (ANB). His work included expanding the student scholarship program to nearly $87,000 annually. ANB also hosted various family events, like the Miss ANB pageant, the ANB picnic and fundraisers. For a couple of years, he was the General Manager of Nome Eskimo Community, where he supervised 15 staff. He managed day-to-day operations, secured new sources of income through federal housing and industrial housing projects, and managed social service grants and scholarship programs.
From 1995 to 1999, LT returned to using his welding skills, working for SKW/Eskimos and Piquniq Management Corporation at remote job sites in Deadhorse and Prudhoe Bay.
LT proudly served his community and people of the region. He served on the Sitnasuak Native Corporation board of directors from 1983 to 1998 and from 2012 to 2015.
In 1997, he served on the Bering Straits Native Corporation board of directors until he retired in 2009. His commitment to public service also includes serving on the XYZ Senior Board, Nome Common Council, Comprehensive Alcohol Program, and on the Nome Youth Facility Advisory Board.
LT was a proud and dedicated volunteer to the Lonnie O’Connor Iditarod Basketball Classic, from 1974 until his passing.
From his hard work and dedication to what he enjoyed doing, LT earned many awards. He was presented the Outstanding Services Award from Arctic Native Brotherhood and Nome Eskimo Community. Northwest Community College presented him with the Community Service Award for Education and Sitnasuak Native Corporation presented him the Service/Leadership Award.
LT will be remembered for always smiling, joking, and being a friendly person. If family was getting a little loud or cranky, he was known to say one word, “chill,” with his arm extended forward and his hand motioning down. When giving advice he was sincere and calm. And if there was a question about what he said, he would reply, “Pardon me,” meaning that you should listen the first time, so he did not have to repeat it.
LT leaves behind his beloved wife of 61 years of marriage, Janet, who provided him with unwavering love and support throughout his life. And their children Irene (Trigg) Smith, Lincoln Jr., Warren, Arnold, and Blanche Trigg. Grandchildren Donna Trigg, John Smith, Brandy Outwater, and Ahkeem Korbin. Greatgrandchildren Trudy and Abagail Smith. Siblings, Marlin Paul and family, Frank Trigg and family, Jane Trigg and family, and Evelyn Okitkon and her children Karen Teesateskie and Eric Trigg. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
LT was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Eva Trigg. Brothers Marlott, Clarence, Clinton, Raymond, Arthur Jr, and William Trigg. Sisters Pearl Black, Laura Martin, Stella, Rosemary, and Yvonne Trigg.