Marc Blodgett (1957 - 2018)

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Marc Blodgett, 60, passed on Jan. 11, 2018, from colorectal cancer. Born in San Diego, Calif., Marc grew up in Lynwood, Wash. Marc was an Army Veteran. Marc, a second generation Merchant Mariner, graduated Piney Point Merchant Mariner Academy in 1980, then began work at Crowley Maritime CA. In 1984, he moved to Washington, working with Crowley and Marine Logistic. Marc delivered fuel to nearly all Alaska ports (1996-2012); he sailed with Foss Maritime (Exxon Valdez clean up); Delta Western; and was Fuel Operation Manager for Chugach Corporation, Eareckson Air Force Base, Shemya, returning to tugs in 2001, with Sea-Coast/ K-Sea. In 2004, Marc gained his Captain 100 ton, Mate Pilot of towing vessels. He worked for Vitus Marine, including trips through the Panama Canal and an emergency fuel delivery to Nome, Alaska, with the Russian Icebreaker. Most recently, at Harley Marine, he was working the California coast until the time of his diagnosis. Marc will be remembered by his co-workers as an "A-team" guy. He had the work ethic, loyalty, kindness and sense of humor that boat mates, customers, family and friends enjoyed.
When Marc wasn't at sea, it was all family and friends. His interests included helping them, listening to classic rock and being on the water. Marc met his future wife, Lanette, at the Peanut Farm on Jan. 10, 1998. He held the cancer back long enough to share the 20th Anniversary milestone with her. He strived to set a good example for his children. He was known to be proud of his family and made sure they knew they were loved every day.
The family is very grateful to the friends and family that have reached out and bolstered them through the illness and passing of their beloved husband and dad. A special thanks to Harley Marine, Mat-Su Regional doctors and staff, Midnight Sun Oncology and Mat-Su Hospice for making Marc comfortable.
Marc is preceded in death by his mother, Peggy Blodgett. He is survived by his wife, Lanette; and six children, ages 18-26: Kyla Blodgett of Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, Madison Holen of Anchorage, Alaska, Taylor Holen of Kodiak, Alaska, and Donavan Blodgett, Kari Blodgett and Autumn Blodgett, all of Wasilla, Alaska; his father, Richard L. Blodgett of Edmonds, Wash.; sister, Cynthia "C.J." Blodgett of Carnation, Wash.; and Lynai Blodgett Torabpour of Owatonna, Minn.
A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Following his wishes, the family will commit ashes to the sea this summer.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2018
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