Seth D. Wright


Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2002

Clam Gulch resident Seth D. Wright, a commercial fisher, hunter, trapper and adventurer, died Sunday, May 19, 2002, at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.

A public visitation for friends and family will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Spruce Grove Cemetery in Kasilof. Pallbearers are Dean Osmar, Larry Meyer, Bob Toll, Bob Correia, Jerre Wills and Steve Bilben. The honorary pallbearers are Per Osmar and George Pollard.

Mr. Wright was born in Mason City, Wash., on Nov. 8, 1939. He first came to Alaska in 1964 to serve in the U.S. Army at Fort Richardson, where he was stationed until 1967.

Mr. Wright returned to Alaska in 1968 to crew on the F/V Tanglewood for the upper Cook Inlet commercial salmon season. After moving permanently to Alaska in 1969, Mr. Wright commercially fished for salmon with his boats, the F/V Tanner, Mustang and Kyoat, for 33 years. He was also a commercial halibut fisher, first entering the fishery with a skiff, which he fished off the beaches from Kasilof to Homer, and later fishing the F/V Kyoat. Linda Weigel, Mr. Wright's wife of 15 years, and her son, Jesse Burnham, fished with Mr. Wright for approximately 17 years.

In the early '70s, Mr. Wright was an assistant big game guide for brown bear, sheep, goats, and caribou. He also ran a trapline by dog team and snowmobile.

"Seth loved every minute of life, and for him, life was a great adventure. His memory will be cherished," his family said.

Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Linda Wright; sons, Joey and Jesse Burnham; stepsons, Brent and Scott Mickey; brother and sister-in-law, David and Shirley Wright; and niece and nephew, Lisl and Brian Wright.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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