FORKS – The hereditary chief of the Hoh tribe died Wednesday in a Seattle hospital of injuries sustained in a Saturday vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 101.
Herbert Clyde Fisher, 52, of Forks, was also known as Chief Klia among West End residents and tribal members throughout the Northwest.
“I have a lot of respect for him and his work with people. He definitely will be missed,” said Larry Burtness, grant writer for the Hoh tribe.
“He was a very important part of the tribal government. He was a member of the tribal council for a long time.
He’s been a good friend of mine for several years,” Burtness said.
Funeral arrangements had not been finalized on Wednesday.
Lower Elwha Tribal Chairwoman Frances Charles said donations are being gathered for a traditional feast to honor and recognize Fisher.
“We were all saddened to hear the news. He was a good guy, and young, too.
“Our prayers are with the family and the community. It’s going to be a great loss for the community,” she said.