George Tabor Starr, best known by everyone as “Rabbit,” died Nov. 14, 2018. He was 73.
He was born Feb. 27, 1945, to the late George and Leona Goudy Starr. He was an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Tribe and a descendant of the Yakama Nation. He entered into the U.S. Army in 1963 and was part of the First Airborne Division. After being honorably discharged, he returned home and worked as a logger until he started working for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in the Recreation Department. He was instrumental in mentoring youth in basketball, baseball and softball. He coached teams and participated in tournaments throughout Indian Country in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He worked 30-plus years with the tribe as Recreation Director. When not coaching, he enjoyed being in the outdoors, in the mountains hunting or picking huckleberries or at the river fishing for salmon.
He is survived by brothers Mike, Alfred, “Bobe” and Jack Starr all of Auburn; sisters “Dutchie” and Earnestine Starr, both of Auburn, and Regina “Titter” Howell of Toppenish, Washington; stepsons James Arms and Julius Arms Sr.; foster children Jeremy James, Roy Moreno, Faith Minthorn and Jessica “Missy” Henderson; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brothers Martin “Bear” and Melvin “Tuffy” Starr; grandparents Apas and Amy Goudy; uncles Herman Goudy, Norman “Jiggs” Starr, and Apas “JR” Goudy; aunt Regina Webber; and wife Diane Ross.
On Sunday, Nov. 18, his body departed Weeks Funeral Home in Buckley for the Muckleshoot Indian Shaker Church. Upon arrival, a candlelight service was conducted. His body remained overnight at the church for wake. Funeral services and viewing started at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Muckleshoot Shaker Church. Interment followed at Old White Lake Cemetery in Auburn.