Soldotna resident Gary "Big Dog" Lindstrom died Sunday, June 6, 2004, after a battle with cancer. He was 63.
He was cremated in Portland, Ore., and his remains will be brought back to Alaska.
Mr. Lindstrom was born in Austin, Minn., in 1940. He moved to California where he worked as a fishing guide on the Smith River.
In 1983, he moved to Alaska to guide on the Kenai River. He is credited as being the man who started back bouncing on the river, as well as many other innovative techniques.
"His passion for fishing and for the Kenai was unrivaled. Gary was, in the true sense of the word, a 'master' guide. Many of the guides on the river credit Gary with starting them in their career and being their mentor. He was a kind, loving, generous man with a laugh that came from the heart. He will be truly missed by all," friends said.
Mr. Lindstrom is survived by his wife, Beverly; sons, Gary and Ed; daughters, Robin and Rena; grandchildren, Austin, Haydn and Trista; great-grandson, Luke; and many loving friends who considered him family.
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