Martin Charles “Haleesea” Starr of Auburn died Aug. 2, 2018. He was 71.
He was born May 30, 1947, to the late George and Leona Goudy Starr. He was best known by everyone as “Bear” and was an enrolled Muckleshoot tribal member and Yakama descendant. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. He enjoyed the outdoors and spent 25-plus years logging for Weyerhauser and Degrauss, hunting, fishing, and most of all picking huckleberries. He enjoyed playing baseball in his younger years with his brothers and eventually played softball with his brothers, sisters and children throughout the Pacific Northwest.
He married Ollie Beavert in December 1972 and they made their home in Auburn.
He is survived by his wife; brothers George “Rabbit,” Mike, Alfred, Carl “Bobe” and Jack Starr, all of Auburn; sisters Georgianna “Dutchie” and Earnestine Starr of Auburn and Regina “Titter” Howell of Toppenish, Washington; daughters Sandra, Florence, Mary and Leona Starr and son Ike Elkins, all of Auburn; partner Russel Rodrigues of Enumclaw; seven grandchildren and a great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by brother Melvin “Tuffy” Starr.
Dressing services were at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at the family home in Auburn followed by a candlelight service and wake at the Muckleshoot Indian Shaker Church. A candlelight service and viewing was on Monday, Aug. 6, also at Shaker Church. After those services, the family departed for the Toppenish Community Center, where there were services upon arrival and a wake overnight. Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 7. Interment followed at Toweatmy Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Weeks’ Funeral Home in Buckley. All may sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.