Patrick Murray Venner (1985 - 2016)

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K_achwan, of Lukaax. adi (Raven Sockeye), Shaka Hit (Canoe Prow House in Dry Bay, Yakutat), Yeil Hit (Raven House in Haines), and of prominent Irish and Filipino heritage, is now fishing for the biggest catch in the heavens above. He left this earth on April 3, 2016.

He was born December 3, 1985 (after Monday night football) in Juneau, Alaska. It was at an early age that his calling in life became obvious. His connection with the ocean and especially the fish residing in it was both spiritual and uncanny. He enjoyed fishing with his dad Michael Venner, who says that Pat always out fished him. Pat out fished most.

Patrick is not only known for his fishing abilities; he has many other talents. In his youth he enjoyed playing soccer, playing golf, and fell in love with snowboarding. At a young age his mother let him travel to visit his sisters in Washington State to join in their snowboarding adventures. But his passion for fishing was always at the forefront of his life.

Well known up and down the West Coast, Patrick is recognized as one of the best fisherman by most in the fishing industry. To quote one of his fishing mentors, "He was the most fishy person I have ever known!" In his fishing career he became one of the youngest, well respected captains. His reputation stretched from Yakutat to San Diego.

Having one of the warmest, welcoming smiles, Patrick left an impact on all he came in contact with. Many of his close friends have shared stories about his humor, his comforting support through their hard times, and his love for his family.

Patrick is preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents Emma & Willie Marks, maternal grandfathers, Antonio Florendo and Richard Dauenhauer, his cousin Philip Florendo, and his paternal grandparents Kathleen & Richard Venner.

Pat is survived by his maternal grandmother Nora Marks-Dauenhauer, mother Adela Florendo, father Michael Venner, sisters Genesis Ransom, Jamaica LaTurner and her husband Mark LaTurner, Teresa Ransom, brother Dominic Florendo, his niece Ione LaTurner, nephew Taj LaTurner, aunties and uncles on both sides of his family, and many close cousins and friends.

Services to celebrate the life of Patrick will be held on Monday April 11, 2016 at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, 350 Whittier Street, Juneau, Alaska at 6pm. Guest are welcome to bring a dish to share and their favorite hard copy photo of Pat.

Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 10 to May 10, 2016