Enaku Arthur Cantrell walked on January 1, 2021. He was 44, a tribal fisherman (usually “High Boat”) and a diver. He was a proud member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. He strongly believed in exercising his tribal fishing rights. He loved fishing and geoduck diving. He was happy to share his fishing knowledge and taught some of the younger members of the Puyallup how to fish the river as well.
Enaku’s fish camp at the green bridge was where people went during fishing season if they needed a job, wanted a laugh, fantastic stories (some of which were true) or fish for dinner. He was generous and helpful to his relatives, other fishermen, and others when he could.
Enaku grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Norman High School. He was a natural comedian and athlete who was always larger than life. Quick witted and to the point, Enaku was a genuine and thoughtful person. He trained in boxing, taekwondo, Brazilian jiujitsu and was a skilled golfer and baseball player. He was also a football star at Wentworth Military Academy (1991-1992) in Lexington, Missouri where he received high honors in Delta Company.
Enaku was that rare, unforgettable man that was himself without regard for anyone’s social opinion. Enaku is survived by his mother, Linda Levier, his brothers Peter Larson and Mathias Cantrell, sister Melody Brown, as well as many cousins, aunts and uncles. All ofwhom will miss his quick smile, good humor and company.
We look forward to seeing you on the other side Enaku. Thank you for enriching our lives with your time here. A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 11th at 10 a.m. at the Puyallup Tribal Youth Center in Tacoma, Washington.
In lieu of sending flowers, Enaku would want every Puyallup Tribal Member to get out on the river and exercise their treaty guaranteed fishing rights.
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