Clarence 'Poopdeck' Platt

Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2000

Homer resident Clarence "Poopdeck" Platt died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, of leukemia at his home in the company of friends and family. He was 96.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Elks Lodge.

Mr. Platt was born May 17, 1904, in Missoula, Mont.

He was truck farming in Montana at the start of World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 39. He helped commission the destroyer escort "Dempsey" and served as Quartermaster on the ship in the Pacific through the end of the war. In 1947, he moved to Alaska with his family. He built houses in Anchorage for a short time before starting commercial fishing.

He fished for salmon in Cook Inlet for more than 30 years, retiring at the age of 80.

He bought his log cabin in Homer in 1956, and that became his permanent home base for fishing, hunting trips and worldwide travel. During the last 25 years, he traveled extensively on every continent, including a trip to Antarctica. His wishes were to have his ashes spread in Cook Inlet so that he can "keep on traveling."

More recently, his interests included gardening, swimming, investing, making wine and making friends all over the world. He was a fixture at the local pool and continued his lap swimming up until two weeks prior to his death. He was also a fixture at the Homer Elks Club dining room.

His family said, "His outgoing personality and natural generosity created innumerable lasting friendships. Having experienced hard times in his own life, he was happy to be able to help out others in trouble.

"He always said that as he got older and learned more and more, he realized that he knew less and less. 'Poopdeck' generally shared what he had learned through deeds, not words. His friendship and his example will be terribly missed by very

many friends and acquaintances."

He is survived by his grandchildren, Susan Johnson of Roseburg, Ore., Edith Martin of Columbia Falls, Mont., and David and Erik Huebsch of Kasilof; and great-grandchildren, Michelle and Lisa Harris of Portland, Ore., and Carissa and Jason Huebsch of Fairbanks.

Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.

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