Daniel LeRoy Stephan

Commercial fisherman, 46Daniel LeRoy Stephan, 46, of Altoona, Wash., died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003 at his home.

Mr. Stephan was born June 15, 1957 in Longview, Wash., to Daniel J. and Loretta Clair Larson Stephan. He had lived in the Altoona area all his life, graduating from Naselle High School in 1976.

He fished the Copper River in Alaska for the first time in 1971 at age 14, with his father. He eventually bought his own boats and commercial fished on the Columbia River, in Puget Sound and at Cook Inlet, Alaska. He retired after a long battle with mental illness and other physical disabilities.

Family members said Mr. Stephan was a very well read and informed history student with an uncanny memory for dates and stories. He enjoyed talking history with friends and acquaintances. He was a member of the Columbia River Fisherman's Protective Union, Salmon for All and the Altoona Snag Union.

Mr. Stephan is survived by his parents, Dan and Clair Stephan of Rosburg, Wash.; three sisters, Bonni Morgan of Tualatin, Marlee Burch of Naselle and Lara Walker of Portland; an aunt, Edna Miller of Altoona; two uncles, Terry and Tracy Larson of Rosburg; a grandfather, Harvey L. Larson of Rosburg; four nieces and two nephews.

A celebration of life will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Grays River Methodist Church in Grays River, Wash., officiated by the Rev. Barbara Bate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia River Fisherman's Protective Union, 338 Industry St., Astoria, OR 97103, or to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103.

Dowling Funeral Home in Cathlamet, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.

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