Donovan J. Lee


Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2001

Donovan J., "D.J.," Lee, of Soldotna and Cordova, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, in an avalanche in Cordova. He was 37.

Memorial services will be held in Soldotna Friday at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Bible Chapel and Saturday in Mandan, N.D.

Mr. Lee was born in Glennallen March 26, 1964. He lived with his family in Tok until they moved to Cordova in 1967. He then lived in North Dakota, where he attended high school and studied art at Bismark Junior College.

He spent his entire adult life commercial fishing in Prince William Sound and the Copper River Flats and became one of the region's highliners. Mr. Lee moved to Soldotna in 1996, where he spent his winters while still fishing out of Cordova in the summer months.

"D.J. always strived hard to be the best he could be, always had a bright smile and went out of his way to help others," said his family. "D.J. left us suddenly, doing what he loved. (He left) a big hole in many of our hearts."

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, watching football, snowmachining and flying his plane, but most of all he enjoyed visiting with his many good friends.

Mr. Lee was preceded in death by his father, Richard William Lee.

He is survived by his former wife, Polly Lee; his mother and stepfather, Sharon and Wayne Patchett; sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette "Dolly" and Alan Erickson of Mandan; sister, Shelley Reedy; brothers Rick Johnson, Scott Johnson, Randy Johnson and Robin Johnson; friend and companion Michelle Martindale; and many close friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cordova Fire Department and Rescue Team.

Arrangements were made by the Anchorage Funeral Home.

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