Published on Thu, Dec 2, 2010
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David John Maki of Ilwaco, died in Warrenton, Ore. of a massive heart attack on November 25th, 2010 while aboard his fishing vessel the Jennie.
David was born September 14th, 1952 in Ilwaco, WA to Emil and Shirley Maki. He graduated from Ilwaco High School in 1971. He started fishing with his father when he was seven and began trolling the F/V Cheryl Ann during high school. David was also an Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Fighter and lived and worked around Ilwaco most of his life. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Beginning in 1973 he worked trolling off the Oregon and Washington Coast on the F/V Nile II. He also fished in Alaska and Northern California. He was a high-line crabber, purse seiner and troller.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting and splitting fire wood, smoking fish to share with family and friends, reading about the history of Pacific Northwest and telling stories with that mischievous twinkle in his eyes. He was always hard working and well respected by those who knew him.
David married twice; the first was Cathy Stewart in 1975 and they had a daughter Jennie Maki and inherited two step sons Ken and Ed Borders; and then married once again to Diane Hanson Rogers in 1986 and acquired two more step sons, Paul and Joe Rogers. At the time of his death, he and Diane resided together in Grays River, WA.
He is survived by his daughter Jennie, son-in-law Russell, and four grand children Zachary, Keegan, and Luke, and Elise. He is also survived by sister Karen Surface, and brother James Maki.
A memorial service will be held at the Pacific Bible Church in Ilwaco, WA on Saturday December 4th at 1pm. Reception to follow. His guest book is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.