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Born in Paradise, California in 1928, Diana Tillion came to Alaska in 1939 when her stepfather got a job working at Independence Mine near Palmer. The family moved to Homer in 1942 when World War II made Anchorage an unpleasant place to live. In 1952, Diana married her husband, Clem, who was a fisherman. They lived in Halibut Cove, on the south side of Kachemak Bay across from Homer until Clem was elected to the State House as a representative for the Kenai Peninsula. They then lived in Juneau for the nine terms that Clem served in the State House of Representatives and State Senate (1962-1981), but always came back to Halibut Cove and Homer. Diana was a painter, especially known for her use of octopus ink. For more about Diana Tillion, see her obituary in the Anchorage Daily News newspaper.