Kenai resident Mardi K. Hutchens died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, from cancer at his home. He was 59.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 29, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. The V.F.W. Post No. 10046 and American Legion Post No. 20 will officiate and perform military honors. A celebration of Mr. Hutchens' life will follow services, starting at 4 p.m. at the Vagabond Bar and ending at the Albatross Bar.
Mr. Hutchens was born July 25, 1949, in Grangeville, Idaho. His family moved to Oregon when he was 5 years old and then to Valdez in 1966 when he was 17 years old. He graduated from Valdez High School and entered into the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Germany during the end of the Vietnam era. He was honorably discharged Dec. 30, 1970. He lived in Anchorage from 1982-85 where he worked construction. In 1986 he moved to Peters Creek. In the winter he drove school buses for Laidlaw and began commercial fishing in the Kenai and Kasilof area in the summers. He permanently moved to Kenai and Kasilof in 2005 where he has resided until his death. Mr. Hutchens was a member of the American Legion in Peters Creek Post No. 33.
"He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidsons, was a 'wheeler dealer' who enjoyed buying, fixing up and selling vehicles," his family said. "He was a commercial fisherman because it was his passion, he got to live his dream. He was the first one there to help if someone was broke down. His favorite thing was being grandfather to his grandkids, Morgan, Chaplan and Pharoah. A passionate fisherman and family man, Mardi was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa and best friend to many. A Harley man through and through. He is loved and missed by all."
Mr. Hutchens was preceded in death by his brother, Kim Hutchens; and father, Herman Hutchens.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Amber Hutchens of Kenai; daughters, Lisa Hutchens of Wasilla, and Crystal Hutchens of Anchorage; granddaughters, Morgan of Wasilla, and Chaplan of Anchorage; grandson, Pharoah of Anchorage; nephew, Aaron Hutchens, of Kenai; and mother, Loretta Dunnavin of Salem, Ore.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Mardi's memory to assist disabled Veterans.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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