Paul Jack Tinker
Paul Jack Tinker, or “Daio,” “SuperMan,” “Doctor Paul,” “Caikaq” or “Paul Daio” as most of us knew him was born to Anna Lilly (Sergie) and the late John Evan Tinker, Sr. on Aug. 17, 1979 at the YKHC hospital in Bethel and ascended into eternal life Aug. 20, 2012 at Marshall.
Paul is predeceased by most recently his sister, Elizabeth, his sister Alice, his brothers, Patrick Willie, Alexie and David, and his father, John Evan Sr.
Paul is survived by his wife, Bernice Marie Tikiun-Tinker, their children Bryan Willie Oney, Brianna Soxine Charla Tinker and Matthew Jathon John Tinker, his mother Anna Lilly Tinker, his siblings and their families, Linda Tinker, Cecelia and Charlie Sallison, John Jr. and Beverly Tinker, Peter Tinker and Marilyn Sipary, Mary and Matthew Jackson, Margaret and Joshua Bogdanski, Alexie Ronald Tinker and Gabriella Lynn Tinker, his mother and father in-law John Sr. and Nora Tikiun, his in-laws and their families John B. Tikiun Jr. and Charlotte Weaver, Walter Tikiun, Gerald Tikiun and Melanie George, Bertha Tikiun and numerous Aunts, Uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Paul graduated high school at Pitkas Point Schools in 1998. He moved to Marshall with Bernice and was blessed with their first child in February 1999. Paul and Bernice then married on Sept. 18, 1999. Paul was a skilled mechanic, a wild land firefighter, he worked with North Star firefighters in Fairbanks, achieved a degree in carpentry from a workshop at Saint Mary’s, was a truck driver, a fisherman, a hunter, he helped in construction of the road leading to the summit of Pilcher Mountain and became a health aide for Marshall in 2006.
In 2009 he continued his medical knowledge by attending the Alaska Career Academy and earned a degree as a Certified Medical Assistant. In the meantime he worked with A1 Car Rental and at the Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. In 2010 he moved back to Marshall and continued his career as a health aide with YKHC and talked of becoming a physician’s assistant.
Daio did all he could to help the people of his community. He worked very hard, even when he didn’t need to for the people he loved. Paul’s hobbies included playing basketball, surfing Facebook, chatting with his friends and family, fixing things, traveling and playing with babies. Paul’s big heart loved babies and he had his little pet names for each child. He loved his wife and children with all he was. Although times challenged his patience and pushed him down, Daio always had hope. He always made things work out for the better. Daio’s last words to his wife will echo in the hearts of all that love him: “I love you. Bye.”
Thank you to the people that donated food, cooked for the Tikiun-Tinker family, to the people that sent prayers, to the people that spent time with Paul’s family and gave emotional and spiritual support, to the people that helped give rides and provided gasoline and oil for Paul’s family, to the people that opened their homes for his family and friends to stay at, to the state troopers who helped from Aniak and LYSD.
Special thanks to the Marshall search and rescue committee for their persistence and efforts. Also to the people that cooked, donated, and watched the camp during the search. Special thanks to the search and rescue committees from Russian Mission, Pilot Station, Bethel and Saint Mary’s.
Heartfelt Thank You to Alaska State Trooper Nick Massey and his wife, Monica for delivering Paul home to his family and friends, twice, and to Grandma Ben for the generous food donations.
Please forgive us if we’ve failed to mention anyone, you are all appreciated and in our hearts.
“The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. – John 14:1-3
Words can’t say what I’m feeling and going through right now. Thank you for sharing life with me and our children, although it was short I will cherish you and our children forever. We’ve had many ups and downs, but life without you will be so tough. I will give all my worries to God. Please watch over us and pray for us as we will do the same for you. Our worlds are different now, but we will never forget you. Remember to protect us from evil and keep us strong.
I Love You. Rest In Peace, Bape!
Love, Your Family