Obituary: Dennis Michael Treston

Michael Treston was born in Savannah, Georgia, to James Michael Treston and Margaret Mitchell Treston. The family lived in Savannah and New York City, and settled in Columbus, Georgia.

Shortly after graduating from Pacelli High School in 1966, Mike joined the U.S. Coast Guard. During a tour of duty in Alaska, he fell in love with Kodiak. After leaving the Coast Guard in the early 1970s, Kodiak became his home.

It was the heyday of king crab fishing. Mike was a sought-after engineer and crew member fishing king crab, Dungeness crab, Tanner crab and halibut around Kodiak and in the Bering Sea.

In 1992, Mike became the first engineer on the newly commissioned Alaska State Wildlife Trooper vessel Woldstad. He was at the Seattle shipyard while she was being built and was on her maiden voyage back to homeport Kodiak. Mike always had fond memories from his time aboard the Woldstad with skipper Trooper Bob Lochman and crew.

He retired his sea legs, taking a job in maintenance at Kodiak Community College and ended his working career as a technician at the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center.

Mike was a big man with a big sense of humor and he was a great storyteller who loved to tell about his fishing adventures. His time at sea gave him plenty of material to work with. Mike loved to cook, and his pizzas were popular with his friends around town. He was a kind, generous man who loved a good joke, valued his privacy, was independent and had great love for Kodiak.

The last 14 years, Mike battled with various cancers multiple times. Most recently, the battle was with larynx cancer that left him unable to talk. This was a difficult time for someone who loved storytelling, yet Mike carried on proudly. We have great memories of Mike and his stories that will keep us smiling while still missing him very much.

Mike’s family is most grateful for and thankful to the many medical professionals, caregivers and good friends who helped him when he needed it most.

He is preceded in death by his father James Michael Treston, mother Margaret Mitchell Treston and brother Christopher. He is survived by his siblings Mary Ellen Brooks, Pegeen Wiggin (Charley), Stephen (Nila) and Patrick (Shelia), as well as nieces and nephews Grady Treston (Amber), Megan Orsi (Nick), Amanda Lee (Jason) and Olivia Treston, as well as great nieces and nephews Austin and Emily Treston, Grace Orsi and Emmiline Lee. Mike went home to the Lord on Jan. 19, 2021.

Due to COVID, memorial services will be delayed until the spring of 2021 in Kodiak at a place and time to be announced.

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