Mason Dale Abbott

Posted: Monday, July 13, 2009

Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Mason Dale Abbott died June 26, 2009 in Kenai. He was 64.

Private services were held.

Mr. Abbott was born Sept. 15, 1944 in Dallas, Texas, to Dudley "Jack" Abbott and Mildred "Lou" Abbott. The family moved to Alaska in 1955. They lived in Whittier. He started commercial set net fishing at 15 years old with his brother at Otter Creek. Mr. Abbott was a major factor in the road leading to the beach at Captain Cook State Park. In his 30s, he owned fishing sites at Moose Point which he fished for many years. Working on fishing boats and tugboats seemed to be his passion. He worked on the Trans Alaska Pipeline and was a skipper during the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

In 1960, he married Judith Shoemaker and they had three children. In 1969, he was drafted into the Army and was honorably discharged in 1971, due to a back injury.

In 1979, he married Wanda Albertson and they had two children. After they divorced, he raised the children in Homer, coaching baseball and involving them in sports.

"When he and Wanda re-married in 1995, he adopted Wanda's eldest son Heath D. Willis, loving him as his own," his family said. "Most who knew him, called him Dale, but he was known to his family as 'Pop.' He was loved, and cherished even if he didn't know it. He was stubborn and grouchy at times, but when it counted, he was always there. He was the best father he could be, loving each and every one of us the best he knew how. There didn't seem to be much to him on the outside but we never knew what was going on in that head of his. He did everything in his power to make sure his son, Michael, and daughter, Marquella, had everything they needed when they were growing up. He was a good man, and had the heart of a lion, made of gold. He will be missed by all that knew him and some that didn't. He will forever be looking over us making sure we are doing well. He was a good father, brother, son, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed. We love you Pops!"

Mr. Abbott was preceded in death by daughters, Karen and Kathy; brother, Dudley Lee Abbottof Soldotna; and step-father, Lucky Kirk of Soldotna.

He is survived by his mother of Soldotna; sisters, Sheila Patterson of Anchorage and Sherrie Abbott of Anchor Point; daughter, Tyna Louise Currie and her husband, Eddie of Las Vegas, Nev.; sons, Michael Dale Abbott of Soldotna, Heath D. Willis and his wife, LaSean of Fairbanks; daughter, Marquella Dawn Grote and her husband, Robert of Soldotna; grandchildren, Grayson Alexander and Mason Thomas Willis and Pheobe Mae Grote; nieces, Ginger Slaughter and her husband, Robert, of Anchorage, Lorena and her husband of Palmer; nephew, James Lee Nielsen and his wife, Misti; and grandniece, Cheyenne Elizbeth, of Washington.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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