Michael Lee Lindgren, 65, died April 26, 2021, peacefully at home after a short battle with cancer.
He was born on Nov. 20, 1955, in Mason County, Washingon.
He spent his youth hiking, camping and fishing.
“Mike had a lifelong passion for fishing that started at a young age when he would go shrimping with his beloved Grandpa Johnny in Hoodsport, Washington,” his family writes.
He moved to Ketchikan in 1979 to work at Whitman Lake Hatchery, where he met Jill, who would later become his wife.
After working at the hatchery, he worked as a deckhand on a longliner, troller, seiner, tender and processor. In 1991, he bought the Seven Seas — a wooden fishing vessel built in 1944 — and spent the next three decades “resurrecting it into a beautiful boat,” heis family writes.
Mr. Lindgren captained the Seven Seas as a tender for Silver Lining, Norquest, Trident and the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Assocaition. In addition to tendering for SSRAA, he raised and transported salmon fry. He also volunteered with the Boy Scouts by taking them on the Seven Seas to go camping.
“It was important to him that the next generation of young men be given good opportunities and strong mentoring,” his family writes. “Mike was a man of integrity, abundant generosity, and a great sense of humor.”
He enjoyed his children and grandchildren, and favorite pastimes included trout fishing, chess, cribbage, watching videos of his grandchildren, and good conversation with friends.
“Mike’s faith was important to him, and he spent the majority of his adult life following the tenets of Scientology,” his family writes. He was the focus of a documentary that showcased the Seven Seas and his experiences tendering and raising salmon in Southeast Alaska.
Mr. Lindgren was preceded in death by his mother, Jeanne Clauson; and step-fathers, Merle Lindgren and Bob Clauson.
He is survived by his wife, Jill Lindgren; daughters, Emily (Jeremy) Parker and Chelsa (Josh) Dunlap; grandchildren, Seth, Natalie and Cora; brothers, Jim Lindgren, Mark (Karen) Lindgren, Scott Lindgren, Ray Clauson and Rod (Marissa) Carew; and sisters, Kim Clauson, Bobbie Jo (Rob) Davies, and Colleen (Paul) Carew.
A celebration of life will be held in Ketchikan at a later date .Donations can be made to the First City Council on Cancer.