Heather Suzanne Athorp

Heather Suzanne Athorp died peacefully at the U of WA, Medical Center January 4, 2022, after a long battle with health problems.

Heather Suzanne Athorp (Close) was born July 27, 1967 in Portland, Oregon to Evelyn Sue Ford and Michael Albert Close. She worked at Cascade General Shipyard, and also as a lead woman of a labor crew at an Alaska shipyard. She then joined the Alaska pile driver union and became a welder. She also was a bar tender and pulltab dealer.

Heather is survived by her husband Charlie and two children Brittany and Owen; sister Tiffany, and brother Michael.

She loved riding horses, fishing, playing pool and riding her Harley with her riding club (Ketchikan Biker Chicks 907). She also enjoyed doing charity work and helping others.

A celebration of life will be on her birthday, July 27, 2022. Location to be determined.