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Arthur ALEXANDER A free spirited entrepreneur who led a life of adventure in Alaska and Washington died at his home on Jan uary 10. He was 52 and living with his wife, Rachel, in Shoreline, Washing ton. Arthur was known by many and had the extraordinary ability to quickly command the attention of all who were in his presence. His generous spirit touched everyone he came in contact with and no one ever forgot meeting him. He insisted on doing things on his terms and was always ready to take on a new challenge. He thrived in the physical extremes of Alaska and was most at home while on a fishing boat in the Bering Sea. Arthur, born Arthur Haist, was the son of Arthur and Marlene Haist. He was born in Mount Vernon, New York and was raised there and in Irvington, New York. Arthur attend ed Bryant College and the University of New Hampshire before moving to Alaska in 1980. Soon after arriving he found work as a crab fisherman and later in the salmon industry. Arthur quickly embraced the adventurous spirit of the fishing industry and the openness of the 49th state. He worked for 25 years in the fishing business, both as skipper and crewmember on crab and salmon boats. He estab lished a part time residence in Wash ington in 1992 and later, after marry ing, made Shoreline his full time home. Arthur is survived by his wife Rachel; his mother Marlene (Raleigh, NC); his brother Paul (Melanie), nephews Matthew and Michael (Raleigh, NC); and his brother Derek (Diane), niece Kiara (Unalaska, AK). A celebration of Arthur's life will be held in the spring. Please share memories with the Family at www.becksfuneralhome. com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 23, 2011
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