Henry Gobin

May 29, 1941April 25, 2013

Henry (Hank) Delano Gobin Kwi tlum kadim

Hank was born May 29, 1941 and entered into rest April 25, 2013.

Hank was born May 29, 1941 in Tulalip, Washington. He is survived by his wife Inez Bill-Gobin, two(2) sisters; Anna Mae Hatch (Verle, deceased) and Isabelle Legg (James, deceased): a brother Earl “Moxie” Renecker (Bernice, deceased), and three sons Rick, Brian, and Bill Coriz, all of Sante Fe, New Mexico. You may want to note that these three (3) sons whom he raised lost their biological father the same day of the passing of Hank. (These boys send their special heartfelt prayers to our family loss, while they prepare for biological family. Just the same we give our heartfelt prayers too. )

He is preceded in death by his parents Henry and Isabelle Gobin, and siblings Shirley, Emery, Daryl, Frank, and John.

Hank was born and raised on the Tulalip reservation. He left at the age of 21 to further his education goals. He attended the Santa Fe Indian Boarding School where he received both his High School diploma and Certificate in Ceramics and Painting at the Institute of American Indian Arts in 1965.

From 1965-1970, he attended the San Francisco Art Institute earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He then went on to complete his Master’s degree at Sacramento State College in 1971. It goes without saying, Hank held high achievement levels for himself. At SSC he was voted as an immediate art candidate, within a year’s time he received his MA in painting.

While at SSC he worked as a teaching assistant in the fields of drawing, watercolor, and oil painting. Again, Hank had determination for success. By the second semester, he had been appointed as ‘Assistant Professor’ teaching Native American Art.

In 1971, Hank returned to the Institute of American Indian Arts where he then taught Ethnic Study courses. One year later he became the Acting Arts Director. Later, he was appointed as the full-time Director which he held for 11 years. After leaving this Directorship position he traveled and painted museum quality pieces across the United States from 1982 - 1986. Hank then worked for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, in Portland OR, from 1986-1987.

Hank returned home in 1989, where his ‘spiritual life’ began. Hank always had this little saying or phrase, ‘Like a migrating salmon’ returning home.

His spiritual pathway provided the cultural foundation where it was important in applying these cultural values and beliefs in the day to day aspects of his life. Including while he was the Tribes Cultural Resource Manager (24 years). For example, putting these traditional and cultural values into practice where Hank was instrumental for the development of the Tulalip’s language program.

Hank also worked with the community in setting the foundations of the cultural teachings, protocols, and values surrounding the tribal family canoe journey. He also worked closely with tribal, federal, state and local governments and agencies on issues of cultural and environmental interest and established standards that met the needs and concerns of the Tulalip Tribes’.

Throughout his career, Hank dedicated much of his work towards building a tribal museum; a vision long held by Tribal elders and Tribal Membership. Through hard work and dedication, Hank brought this dream to reality. He advised, initiated, and designed what became the ‘Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve’; the place that tells our story in our own words, and honors our past, present, and future people.

Hank’s lifework was dedicated to his people; he was a cultural warrior and advocate. His spiritual beliefs were a prominent aspect of who he was; and it was this spiritual way of life that enabled him to carry out his responsibilities to protect his people’s cultural and environmental interests. Everything about Hank was genuine and his magnetic personality touched the lives of all those who he crossed paths.

Services will be held Saturday April 26th at the family home. Interfaith services will be held Sunday, April 27th at 6:00pm at the Tribal Gym. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 28th at 10:00am at the Tribal Gym.


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Howard Stevens

May 19, 2013

Hank will be missed ...when he and Inez shopped at the QFC where I worked it was always a bright note to see them...there are not better people on this Earth...Hank was agreat man who will be missed by thoughts are with Inez and the rest of their family...

May 19, 2013

Hank will be greatly missed...every time he and Inez came into the QFC where I worked it was like a gift....I always enjoyed talking with them...Hank always had a smile and a story for me...he will always be one of my favorite people...and he will be missed...

Alan n Arnelle Williams

May 3, 2013

Are alter has a candle lit for you and you'r family Inez. Lord bless you and blessing are tribe for a man named Hank Gobin.

Sandy Allen-Klineburger

April 30, 2013

Our toughts and prayers go out to Hanks family.
There are very few leaders,teachers and eleders that show and do what that they teach, we all were blessed to have known him. Our hearts go out to you Inez, and family

Deanna Sonnie

April 29, 2013

What an amazing and gifted man. Prayers and condolences are sent to youInez and family and friends.

Deanna Sonnie

Betty Arens

April 29, 2013

Hank enriched so many lives. It was a privilege to have worked with him.

April 28, 2013

Our community loved him so much, his kind and gentle ways were an inspiration to how we live in harmony with the spirit. My Mom and Dad were so honored to see him walk into their longhouse for winter fun, laughs, good foods, and sharing songs with one another. Hank will be missed, yet many learned from his wisdom and intellect, his beautiful family was blessed to have him, such a peaceful soul and warm heart is what he expressed to all. Here is a picture of Mom and Dad, Mary and Jim Plaster, QuaQuaAmus long house, Lummi, they so loved Hank and Inez. I also submit with with respect and honor to Hank, who loved us all. Sincerely, Sheri Williams, Qua'La'SiAh of Lummi

Cy Hatch

April 28, 2013

Hank is a man greatly respected and greatly admired; and he will be greatly missed. I miss the conversations we had at the station. Cy Hatch.

Alan Harney

April 28, 2013

I will miss Hank a lot.

Sheryl Fryberg

April 28, 2013

Inez, my prayers will continue to be with you. Hank was a great man and will be missed. He gave so much of himself to "preserve, promote, and protect" our traditional teachings, culture, and language. It was an honor to be a friend and colleague!!