Mervin Haven / Déaxkaash Baacheeiitchiish

Thursday, September 30, 2021
Mervin Haven / Déaxkaash Baacheeiitchiish

Mervin Haven went to the great spirit in the sky while surrounded by loved ones on August 9, 2021.

He was born July 31, 1933 to Florence (Yarlott) and James Haven in Crow Agency, Montana and was the eldest of 10 siblings. Mervin was a member of the Crow Nation of Montana and his Apsáalooke name is Déaxkaash Baacheeiitchiish / Chief of the Eagles.

He began working construction at a young age and continued his career upon moving to Alaska in 1950. Later on he had his own construction company, Haven Construction, and was instrumental in numerous development projects in Metlakatla.

Mervin was an extremely generous man and always quick to lend a hand. He was known for his friendly demeanor, sense of humor, practical jokes, hard work and a strong commitment to family and friends.

Although Mervin loved hunting in both Montana and Alaska, he established his deepest roots in the state of Alaska. His joys in life were spending time with family, dancing, and working heavy construction. Mervin touched the lives of many and will always be in the hearts of his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years Arlene (Didrickson) Haven; his siblings, Robert, Patrick, Thurlow and Charles Doyle.

He is survived by siblings, Deana Dreamer, Michaelene Whiteman, Louise Doyle, John Doyle and Lillian Bad Bear; and his, children Cheryl, Faline and Kristine, Haven and David Koch, and Tim Gilmartin; as well as, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Metlakatla, Alaska at a later date.