Longtime Kodiak fisherman Michael "Spike" Jones passed away at his home in Seal Rock, Oregon, on July 30 at the age of 67.
Spike arrived in Kodiak in 1974 armed with a degree in wildlife management from Oregon State University, where he was an all-American collegiate wrestler. On arriving in Kodiak he fished for a short time before accepting a job as a fisheries biologist at Kodiak's ADF&G office, where he worked for a couple of years.
The call of the outdoors was there and Spike took a job as a deckhand on a crab boat for a season. He then purchased the Royal Quarry, which he owned and operated for many years. During those years he also had the Sweet Sea, Silver Spray and the Guardian built and he set several young fisherman up in the fishing business.
Early in his Kodiak career Spike met his future wife and best friend for life, Carolyn. Together they have three wonderful daughters, Callie, Kelsey and Valerie, three great son-in-laws and seven beautiful grandchildren.
Spike was very active in Kodiak, having been one of the founders of the Kodiak Kid Wrestling Program, serving for many years on the advisory panel to the NPFMC and serving as a director of the Farm Credit Bank representing the fishing industry. He was a generous, hardworking man, who while passionate about the outdoors, was always respectful of nature.
Spike will be greatly missed by all who knew him.