Vitomir “Vito” Kalcic of Kodiak passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, Washington, following a sudden illness.
Vito was born on July 8, 1942, in Regulici, Italy, now Croatia, to Michael Kalcic and Eufemia Rudan Kalcic. He was raised and educated in Croatia, moved to Italy and then France and learned to speak 8 languages.
He immigrated to the United States in 1968 and became a U.S. citizen. After a short time in California, he came to Kodiak and fished for shrimp.
Later, he took an 84-foot shrimp boat, the Anna Marie, from Kodiak to Tacoma, Washington for repairs and met Anne Zacher in Seattle. He became a licensed captain and flew to Africa to bring a crab boat back to the Pacific Northwest through the Panama Canal for Peter Pan Seafoods.
Vito and Anne were married shipboard on September 26, 1972, by Captain Lee Andrich of Seattle.
Vito ran the Sea Rover in the Bering Sea for king crab, and bought the Mar Del Plata with a partner and fished for crab in Kodiak and the Bering Sea. Over the next 46 years, he owned a number of fishing vessels, starting with the Evening Star, Angela, Blue Star, Susie Lynn and the Kilokak. He fished for herring in Prince William Sound, Togiak and Kodiak and for salmon around Kodiak Island.
During what he considered his down time from fishing, Vito built several rentals for himself, framed a number of houses in Kodiak with his friend Eric Goossen, and built a triplex for his father-in-law, Ted Zacher, in Manson, Washington. In 1987, Vito and Anne purchased Fuller Boat Yard from Ted (T.T.) Fuller and Fern Fuller and operate it to this day with friend and yard manager, Bill Feda. Vito and Anne renewed their marriage vows on December 16, 1987, and again on October 8, 2017 ,in Kodiak.
Vito is survived by his wife, Anne Zacher Kalcic of Kodiak; two brothers, Mike Kalcic of San Francisco and John Kalcic of Pula, Croatia; son, Christophe Kalcic; and grandsons, Antoine and Victor of Annemasse, France. In Washington State are nieces Paula Zacher; Trina Zacher (Ricky) of Cashmere and their sons, Tanner, Isaiah and Israel; nephew, Tyee Zacher (Amber) of Cashmere, and their daughters Evelyn and Tulee; and nephews Michael and Jared Zacher of Wenatchee.
Friends are invited to a Memorial Service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 2934 Mill Bay Road at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017. A potluck repast will follow at the school gym. Friends who wish to do so, may make donations in Vito’s name to the St. Mary’s Repair Fund.