September 13, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 37

Erik Borgen, 73

Erik Borgen, 73 of Sitka, Alaska passed away at home on September 7, 2012 after a long illness with his wife by his side. Erik was born on September 12, 1938 to John and Elisabeth Borgen in Bergen, Norway.

Erik came to Seattle, Wash. in 1958 after working as a Merchant Marine from Norway. In 1965, he became an American Citizen. He owned two businesses including a Brick Masonry Company for over 20 years in Seattle. He then worked for the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry on the Wickersham. His next adventure was to become a commercial fisherman and purchase his boat called the “Byng”. He was good at all he had done but fishing was what he loved the best.

He is preceded in death by his parents: John and Elisabeth Borgen of Ballard, Wash. and great-granddaughter Aubrey Borgen of Lynnwood, Wash.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Borgen, Erik’s three kids Caron, Erik and Kristina; seven grandchildren, Jessica (Tyson) Avery, Brandon and Hailey Garrity, Christopher (Melissa) Borgen, Matthew (Jessica) Borgen, Amanda and Sophia Clay; two great-grandchildren, Trevyn Avery and Logan Borgen.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at Sitka Lutheran Church. On Friday, September 14, 2012 a short service will be held at dock side at ANB Harbor starting at 10:00am and then the spreading of his ashes at sea. He will be going on his last fishing trip with longtime friend/fishing partner, Walter Pasternak, aboard the boat Cristy Rob.

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