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Obituary: Steven Thomas Davis, 57


October 5, 2017

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Steven Davis

Steven Thomas Davis, 57, passed on the evening of September 24, 2017. In February of this year, Steve was diagnosed with stage four-lung cancer.

He was born on July 28, 1960 in Portland, Oregon to Bill and Barbara Davis.

At a young age he and his sisters Lynn and Cheryl started work by berry picking at the farms close to their home. During the summers Steve would play baseball on a little league team and worked odd jobs throughout his young adult


Steve's work ethic started at a young age. He saved his money to buy his grandfather's Chevy Impala, his pride and joy at the time. Shortly after when Cheryl followed Dan O'Neil to Alaska and wrote a letter promising endless work, Steve took the opportunity. In 1982 he moved to Petersburg, Alaska and soon started on the processing line for Petersburg Fisheries.

By 1988 he had worked his way up to Fishermen's Services and enjoyed that job until 2004. He decided to buy his own boat in 1985, when he wasn't working at the plant, he was setting crab gear before and after work. He then later bought the beloved Chelsea K in 1992 and named it after his daughters. He enjoyed all fisheries and was involved in many throughout the years.

Up until 2017 he worked part-time in Sitka as the roe herring tech and overhauled seine skiffs in the winter. Fishing became his passion and he always talked about how lucky he had been to enjoy his job and live the lifestyle. Not only did he work hard, but he was skilled in what he did.

In his free time when he wasn't working, he created skiff beards and took great pride in his beautiful pieces. These can still be seen on many boats in the harbors to this day.

In 2003 Steve was blessed with his first grandchild. Later five more came along. He loved being a Papa and showing his grandchildren the joys of Petersburg, especially taking them out on his boat. Steve was known for his hard work and respected by many; which is why Petersburg Fisheries was his second family.

Steve was preceded in the death by his mother Barbara.

He is survived by: his father Bill; sisters Lynn and Cheryl; daughters Chelsea, Krissa, Holli, step daughter Kayla;

and his grandchildren Jaden, Adam, Gabe, Cora, Jensen, and Tyler.

A memorial service was held on September 30, 2017 at the PFI cookhouse in Petersburg.


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