Seldovia resident and commercial fisherman Lowell Keith Suydam died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 in Seldovia. He was 57.
Mr. Suydam was born, Jan. 27, 1953, in Chignik Lagoon, to Floyd and Stella Suydam. He graduated from Susan B. English School in 1972.
He commercial fished all his life with his family in Chignik Lagoon. Starting as a young boy, Lowell learned from his father Floyd and became the successful captain of his father's fishing vessel, the Stellor.
He met his wife, Marcella, in Seldovia in December 1983. The couple was engaged on Valentine's Day the following year and married on Oct. 13, 1984, at Seldovia Bible Chapel.
Mr. Suydam also worked for the Seldovia Village Tribe as the computer expert/guru, and was the "go-to" guy whenever anything technical was amiss or not working, new or broken.
His family said, "Putting his wife and children above all else in his life, he showed such devotion in providing for his family, doing whatever he could to ensure their thriving future through both financial support and his own wisdom and generous love. One of his greatest joys in life was his home filled with his children's gifts of music.
"He was a loving, quiet, generous, and kind husband, father, brother, and friend. To be in his presence was a blessing. He had an immensely generous heart, willing to help out anyone in his own quiet and subtle way without ever expecting anything in return. He is greatly missed and will be cherished forever within our hearts."
The community of friends and family honored Mr. Suydam at a graveside service on Jan. 18, 2011, at the Seldovia Cemetery.
Mr. Suydam was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Stella Suydam.
He is survived by his wife Marcella and their four children, Myriah, Seth, Chelsea, and Nathan; his five brothers, Wesley and his wife Resa Suydam, of Spanaway, Wash.; Steven and Linda Suydam, of Kodiak; Dwain and Leon, of Seldovia; and Roger who lives on the East Coast; his sister Lorraine and husband Bill Mantor, of Sedro Wooley, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be addressed to the Suydam family, PO Box 266, Seldovia, Alaska 99663.
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