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Maurice Field Jr., 78, died Dec. 21, 2018, in Port Angeles, Washington.
He was born Dec. 20, 1940, in Juneau. In the summer of 1948, the family moved to Ketchikan.
He had a newspaper route on Park Avenue during the 1950s. He spent his early years on the “Avenue” and Teen Town in Ketchikan with lifelong friends Larry, Tam, Tom and Bill, fishing the creek, hunting on Deer Mountain, camping at Scout Lake and logging in Craig, where he met and married Bonnie Hamilton on May 31, 1961, his family writes.
In addition to Ketchikan and Craig, Mr. Field resided in Shelton, Washington, and Port Angeles.
He was employed as a tug boat skipper for Boyer Towing for 32 years, with the most time spent on the tug Edith Ohlsen, where he received his master’s license. He ran the only ramp barge in Alaska for years.
He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve for many years.
“Maurice had a lifetime of activity and many tugboat stories upon his tugging retirement,” his family writes.
Mr. Field began developing properties and building homes in the Washington area with his own equipment, his last on 13 acres overlooking Vancouver, Washington.
He enjoyed riding trails on his four-wheeler with his grandson, Brandon, building a swimming pool park for his family, fixing cars and going to his sunbird home in Kingman, Arizona. His family writes that his favorite adventure was to go tripping across the United States with his RV. He also enjoyed visitors to his home, and watching the boats coming in and out of Port Angeles through his home’s window.
“His love for family (and) his wife Bonnie of 57 years was top notch to him,” his family writes. “... Thanks Maurice for being in all of our lives. You will be remembered well, and missed by all. He was a great friend to all.”
Mr. Field was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice Field Sr. and Jane Field; sister, Darlene Stensland; grandparents, Benson and Bessie Skultka, and Amelia Ora Jorgensen; and sister-in-law, Sharon Hamilton.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Field; children, Stacy Field, Mark Field and James Field; sisters, Sylvia (Norm) Ball, Carol (Wayne) McMurchie and Sally Chapin; brothers, Terence Field Sr. and Richard Otto (Carolyn) Field; cousins, Jan King, Kim Garcia and Tom Skultka; grandchildren, Brandon, Zackery, Ashley, Janet, Haley and Blake; and lifetime friends and family, Aland and Louann Edenso, Dewie Hamilton and Susey Hamilton.
A celebration of life will be in April 2019 in Port Angeles.