David Arnell Hayertz (1940 - 2017)

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    - Bebita Castiinno
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    - Jake Triplett
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    - Don Bridges

David Arnell Hayertz, age 75, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.

Dave was born on Jan. 23, 1942 in Aberdeen, Washington to parents Verne and Mercedes, both deceased.

Dave was known to his many friends as a hardworking, straight shooting, dependable and loyal friend. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965 as a sentry dog handler/military police, further serving four years in the reserves. In his youth, he worked with his father, where he completed a home from the ground up.

That apprenticeship served him well. He was a highly versatile worker in building construction and facilities maintenance. Dave possessed a remarkable eye for detail and a seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of the various crafts involved in construction. A former employer commented that in his prime Dave could do the work of four men. But, his real love was commercial fishing. He commercial fished from 1975 to 2000, catching king and tanner crab, Pacific cod, ling cod, rock fish, herring, halibut, salmon, black cod, and albacore tuna. Sadly, his fishing adventures came to an end with the sinking of his 65 foot boat, the Miss Priss, off the Oregon/Washington coast. His rescue garnered national news attention.

Until his passing Dave worked for Peak Oilfield Services where he was said to be a valued and highly respected employee.

He was preceded in death by his love, Priscilla.

His surviving family includes his sons Eric and Carl of Washington state; granddaughter, Kira Hayertz; his sisters Susan and husband Fred Miller of Bow, Washington, and Leslie Hayertz and husband Brian Jelgeruis of Westlinn, Oregon; brother Glenn and wife Robin Hayertz of Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews. Priscilla had left behind a son, James Triplet of Spirit Lake, Washington.

A celebration of Dave's life will be held at the Nikiski Recreation Center on Friday, Jan. 5 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Jan. 3, 2018