Barton Austin Sollars Sr. died at age 83 on February 11 in the family’s winter home in Yuma, Ariz. He passed away five weeks after being diagnosed with stage 4 renal cell cancer. He was born in Klamath Falls, Ore. on November 9, 1929. Barton moved to Sitka when he was 13 yrs. old with his father Albert Sollars. They fished on the boat “Higill”.
He married Carol Ann Johanessen in 1950. Together they raised four children in Sitka, Barton Sollars Jr., Lorna Sollars, Thomas Sollars and Lyman Sollars. The family spent many summers fishing the “Bertha R” around Southeast Alaska. He started Sollars Court in the early 1970s. When son Lyman died in 1986 the Sollars retired from fishing and worked on Lyman’s share of the farm at Point Agassiz, near Petersburg.
Barton loved fishing, hunting and gathering from the land with his family and friends. He had a knack for fixing things and was always there to help a friend.
He was preceded in death by his wife Carol Ann Sollars, sons Thomas Sollars, Lyman Sollars, and greatgrandson Jacob Chappell.
Barton is survived by his son Barton Sollars Jr., daughter Lorna Chappell, grandchildren Barton J. Sollars, Amy Sollars, Tabitha Nelson, Austin Sollars, Tina Monaco, Jason Chappell, Joshua Chappell, great grandchildren Andrea Fletcher, Dylan Monaco, Jessina Chappell, Ethan Chappell, Miranda Chappell, Sierra Chappell, Dejanera Gomez, Zachary Gomez, Nahjahra Sollars, Rownan Nelson, Robert Sollars and his dog Sparky.