Whitney LeAnn Damm was born July 23, 1968 in Redwood City, Calif. Proceeded in death by her mother, Elaine Damm (October 2010) and her father, Kenneth M. Damm (April 2012). Whitney’s golden ringlets and sweet disposition attached attention everywhere she went.
Whitney grew up in Washoe Valley, just outside of Carson City, Nev. She spent most afternoons flying with her dad, a pilot and air traffic controller, where they would “buzz” Shannon’s (sister) school playground. She loved hiking and fishing with her uncle Keith and helping her family raise sheep, cows, rabbits and horses.
In 1973, at age 6, Whitney moved with her family to Fairbanks. Whitney grew up in the traditional Alaska lifestyle: Snowmachining, gold mining, gardening and berry picking. Camping with her family was one of her favorite activities. Some of her best times were with her aunt Marsha camping along the glaciers and eating hobo meals.
In 1976, the family moved to Kodiak. Whitney attended Peterson Elementary and her favorite teacher was Mr. Yatsik. Whitney was full of life, laughter and love. Her most extraordinary qualities were her smile and spending most of her time laughing. She loved four-wheeling, camping and getting into trouble with her friends. She was a loyal friend to anyone she met. Whitney graduated from Kodiak High School in 1986. She lived in Hawaii, Fairbanks, San Diego, Kodiak, Anchorage, Elko, Nev.; Minden, Nev. and Reno, Nev.
She married Dan O’Neill in 1996 and is survived by their son Jake, who she loved 10,000,000,000,000,000 skyfuls +1. She is survived by her only sister Shannon and husband Mike Ferris, niece Ryan Ferris and nephew Curtis Ferris: Aunt Mary Brooks, Aunt Carol and Larry Mentze, Uncle Keith and Cheryl Damm, Aunt Iris and Sanford Hampton. Cousins Darren, Curtis, and Ryan Brooks, Kenny Dale, Arnold, Danny, and Keith Mentze. Ryan, Brad, Kerry and Kelsey Damm and Leila Kuhn. In addition to her many, many friends she made everywhere she lived.
Whitney LeAnn Damm O’Neill passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Reno, Nev. A celebration of life is being planned and hoping to take place in Kodiak over the Memorial Day weekend during Crab Festival. Condolences may be mailed to Dan and Jake O’Neill at 8220 Henry Circle, Anchorage, AK. 99507 and to Shannon Ferris at 5235 Shorecrest Dr., Anchorage, AK. 99502