Wayne Eben was born December 24, 1910 in Unalakleet, Alaska. He lived in Unalakleet for 43 years, and also lived in White Mountain, Nome, and Anchorage. Wayne was raised at a roadhouse his dad operated near Unalakleet, Alaska and started driving dogs when he was ten years old. He became a saw mill owner, carpenter, and electrician. He also taught Native studies at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Wayne passed away on January 9, 2003. For more information about Wayne Eben, see his obituary.