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Michael Davern Fitterer


1955 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Michael Davern Fitterer Obituary
Michael Davern Fitterer, 55, was born on November 9, 1955 in Ellensburg, Washington and he passed away peacefully on March 16, 2011 on a fishing boat in the ocean off of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Little "Mikey" grew up playing sports in the family's front yard with his brothers, sister and all the neighborhood kids. He attended Lourdes Academy and graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1974. Mike was voted most inspirational player on Ellensburg's 1973 State Championship Football Team. He also excelled in Track and Field. He high jumped 6'5 1/2" and placed 3rd in the Washington State Track Meet that same year. Mike was voted most inspirational player of the year in Track and Field. He graduated with a bachelor of arts in business administration from Central Washington State College in Ellensburg in 1978 where he also played Football and participated in Track and Field during his undergraduate years. Mike then worked in the restaurant business and later attended Washington State University earning his Masters in Hotel Motel Management in 1984. After three more years in the restaurant business he decided to follow his passion of cooking on the fishing boat Artic Ice, in 1987. Mike loved the fishing life and his co-workers loved him for the next 24 years. Mike had a great love of life. He was a true friend who looked you in the eye and really did want to know how you were doing. Mike respected all people and his great laugh endeared him to his many friends. When Mike entered the room with his big heart and loud laugh, if you could hang on, you knew you were in for a good time. Mike is survived by his wife, Terri of Stanwood, Washington, his mother-in-law Roxann Ellinger of Mount Vernon, brother-in-law George (Amy) Bennett Jr. and nieces BriAnne and Abigel, nephew Richard, stepson Chris Campbell of Mount Vernon, stepdaughter Nikole (Eric) Alexander and grandsons Chayse, Colby and Evan of Valdez, Alaska. He is also survived by his sister Jane (Jim) Henderson, niece Megan, nephew Matt (Tera) of Beaverton, Oregon, brother Jack (Judy) and nieces Lisa (Doug) Thurber, Kelly (Mike) Abbott and nephew Scott (Cherish) of Seattle, brother Richard (Lucy) and nephews Zane (Claire), Aaron, and Ray from Moses Lake, brother Brad (Connie) and nieces Alex and Mychal of Ellensburg, brother Pat (Kathy) and nieces Karly (Mike) Floyd and Mindy (Brad) Schultz of Yakima.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and George Fitterer and by his nephew Christian.
The Family wants to express their thanks to Golden Alaska Sea Foods and to all of Mike's fishing family for their kindness.
Memorial services will be held Saturday April 9, 2011 at 1:00pm at Saint Andrews Catholic Church in Ellensburg followed by a gathering at the Rodeo Grounds VIP Room. If you would like to send a note to the family please e-mail it to [email protected] . A memorial will also be held on May 1st at Fisherman's Wharf in Seattle.
Published in Daily Record from Apr. 7 to Apr. 15, 2011
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