Mark John Laukkanen

Cathlamet resident, 56Mark John Laukkanen, 56, of Puget Island, Cathlamet, Wash., died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, in Longview, Wash. as a result of an accident.

Mr. Laukkanen was born Feb. 12, 1946, in Paaslahti, Finland, to Einar Mikael and Katri Helena Rytkanen Laukkanen.

On Aug. 14, 1971, he married Mirjami Pehkonen in Eno, Finland. She survives, residing on Puget Island.

On July 4, 1949, he moved to the United States, via Ellis Island, with his parents and siblings. He lived for a year in Wyoming before moving to Brownsmead. He attended Knappa High School where he was active in 4-H, football, and was a state tree identification champion. He graduated in 1964 and received a scholarship to Clatsop Community College. He earned an associate degree in forestry in 1966 and worked for Crown Zellerbach as a forester before heading their timber acquisition team. From 1972, he was a commercial snag diver and started his own timber cruising/consulting business in 1978. Later, he gillnetted, spending summers in Alaska, and starting Laukkanen Seafoods, a fish buying business. In 1995, he became a timber buyer for Banks Lumber Company. In the 1960s, he became a U.S. citizen and changed his name from Markku Juhani to Mark John.

He had been a volunteer firefighter for the Cathlamet and Puget Sound Fire Departments for many years and a Port of Wahkiakum Commissioner. He enjoyed his Finnish culture; scuba diving; water, alpine and Nordic skiing; ice skating and traveling to Finland.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Heikki Laukkanen of Beaverton and Mikko Laukkanen of Los Angeles; two daughters, Kaisa Laukkanen of Chinook, Wash., and Liisa Laukkanen of Cleveland; two brothers, Mikko E. Laukkanen of Brownsmead and Dr. Hannu Laukkanen of Forest Grove; and a sister, Lea Falter of Castle Rock, Wash.

Memorial is 2 p.m. Friday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church on Puget Island. Inurnment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Cathlamet.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, S.R. 409, Puget Island, Cathlamet, WA 98612 , Salmon-For-All, No. 1 6th St., Astoria, OR 97103, or the Liisa Laukkanen College Fund, 205 N. Welcome Slough Road, Cathlamet, WA 98612.

Dowling Funeral Home of Cathlamet is in charge of arrangements.

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