Davis C. Barrett, 1949-2014Davis Corwin Barrett, 64, died in his Port Townsend WA home April 12, 2014.
Barrett was a leading Alaska purse seiner for some 30 years, usually fishing with his three daughters - Allison, Hannah and Ilsa, now in their 20s - and his wife of 30 years, Adrienne Ely.
Described as a Renaissance man, Barrett was a respected voice for commercial fishermen, serving 20 years on the board of the Southeast Alaska Seiners Association (SEAS) and the Seiner Reserve Insurance Board.
Said Bobby Thorstenson Jr., SEAS executive director, "Davis was a high liner. One of the best there ever was. He bowed to Tlingit and Haida tradition while learning commercial fishing from great men and friends. He was a true high liner who did not fudge lines or crowd others." Barrett helped create the Pacific Salmon Treaty and ensured sustainable fisheries around the Tongass National Forest.
Barrett was born in Seattle in 1949 to Beach and Jan Sorensen Barrett. He graduated from Lakeside High School in 1968 attending college at Middlebury in Vermont, WSU and Seattle University in Washington State. He started fishing at 16 and became a skipper at 26. He married Adrienne in 1983 and moved to Port Townsend in 1990.
Due to health issues, he retired from fishing in 2010, selling the Glacier Bay. Survivors include his wife, daughters and siblings: Tom Barrett (Jan), Portland OR; Judith Barrett, San Francisco CA; Kate Nunn (Remmel) and Ellen Dudley (Matthew) of New York. His parents preceded him. An afternoon service and potluck at family property near Seabeck WA is set for April 26th at 1 PM================================================================
Hello fishing folks,As you may already know Davis Corwin Barrett passed away on April 12th. He was in his home. The obituary will be printed in the Port Townsend Leader and will be available online by Wednesday the 16th.We are having a memorial on April 26th at 1 PM at the old family property on Hood Canal and we would like to invite all of you to attend. It will be a potluck. And please feel free to bring anything; pictures, stories, foods and spirits...Also, we will be covered, but outside, so please dress for the weather.We want this to be an open and relaxed event, a time to share stories and memories. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone we may have missed.We look forward to seeing you,Davis' GirlsHere are directions:Start by getting yourself to Seabeck, WA ( on the East side of the Hood Canal).From Seabeck go South on Seabeck-Holly Rd.In 6.5 miles turn right onto Nellita Rd NWFollow the signs to the end of Nellita Rd NW