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Stan Otness, 86


Stan Otness

Stan Otness, 86, died on January 13, 2012.

Stan was born on June 30, 1925, in Petersburg, Alaska to John and Ragna Otness. He was the fourth of five adventurous boys growing up fishing commercially in Alaska. He was brought up in a musical family with his father playing violin, his mother the piano for the local silent movie theater and his oldest brother the accordion. While attending Ballard High School he traveled back and forth to Petersburg, fishing halibut on his father’s boat.

In 1944 he set out for Manila on a F52 ship. Defying all odds, he survived yellow fever, malaria and...

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