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David William Abbott, 78, died peacefully at home with his wife by his side on Dec. 2, 2017, in Hollis.
He was born on Nov. 3, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mr. Abbott attended school in Camelback, Arizona. He moved to Anchorage in 1964, and helped rebuild Homer after the 1964 earthquake. He resided in Fairbanks in 1967.
On May 31, 1981, Mr. Abbott married his wife, Nancy, at the Santa Claus House in North Pole.
He resided in southern Southeast Alaska for 36 years.
Mr. Abbott was a commercial fisherman (power troller and longliner) for 18 years. Before that, he was a carpenter, and a gold miner and prospector in the Circle Mining District.
Mr. Abbott served in the Army Reserve.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Craig.
Mr. Abbott enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping, and he built his home for his wife and his family.
“Dave was a man of his word, a devoted husband, father and grandfather,” his family writes. He had a passion for being at sea, and was known for his sense of humor. He was one who was at his family’s side, good or bad, and love sharing his life stories. May he rest in peace after a long battle with cancer.”
Mr. Abbott is survived by his wife of 37 years, Nancy R. Abbott; daughters, Brenda Jones and Tina Abbott; and grandson, Mason Catrett.
Donations to the family may be made at the Tongass Federal Credit Union in Klawock, under Nancy R. Abbott.