John Edgington, 84
July 27, 2023
John Edgington was born in southern California and after high school he went to Alaska for the first time as a summer stream guard for the Department of the Interior, before Alaska statehood. After meeting and marrying the love of his life, Michale, at Oregon State University, John completed his Masters degree in fisheries at University of Idaho. He became a biologist for the State of Oklahoma and after the birth of his daughter Sarah, the family moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where John worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on the North Slope monitoring fisheries on ice-covered rivers. After transferring to southeast Alaska, he worked in Juneau and then took the position of area manager in Petersburg managing the health of commercial fisheries. He finished his working life with the U.S. Forest Service working in the Tongass National Forest.
In retirement John and Michale fished, explored and camped. He enjoyed cooking and picnics. He was always fascinated with the natural world, was a good fisherman and loved boating to favorite Alaska bays. After moving to Mount Vernon in northwest Washington, he enjoyed the birds, animals and natural beauty of Skagit County.
John was a talented, funny, self-reliant and loving man who enjoyed his family and friends. He in turn is much loved and equally missed.