Roland Leo LaClair, 70, of Auburn went to be with his ancestors on August 10, 2013. He was born to Roland LaClair of Skokomish and Mary Joan Sheldon of Lummi. Adopted son of Mary Basteyns. He was a Lummi Tribal Member.
Roland served in the U.S. Navy for nine years. He did two tours in the rivers in Vietnam. He was on the River Patrol Boats called PBR’s. Roland was awarded National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He worked at Muckleshoot Indian Tribe as a cook for several years. He was involved in the different activities and events on the Muckleshoot reservation. Caretaker for his mom, Mary, until she went to be with the Lord, but Roland stayed her in our community for years.
Roland belonged to the Intertribal Warriors Society – Muckleshoot Honor Guard and was an avid coin collector.
He is survived by his sons: Roland Leo LaClair III and Chevy Thomas. His daughters: Tina Knaus and Norberta Scabby Robe. He has 18 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Roland and Mary Joan and his adopted mother Mary Basteyns.