Lowell Keith Suydam passed away on Jan. 14, 2011, at the age of 57 in Seldovia, Alaska.
Lowell was born to the late Floyd and Stella Suydam on Jan. 27, 1953, in Chignik Lagoon, Alaska, and resided with his family in Seldovia. He graduated from Susan B. English School in 1972.
He commercial fished all his life with his family, in the cherished waters of Chignik Lagoon. Starting as a young boy, Lowell learned from his father Floyd and became the successful captain of his father’s fishing vessel, the Stellor. Lowell also worked for the Seldovia Village Tribe as the computer expert/guru, and was the “go-to” guy whenever anything technical was amiss, not working, new or broken.
It was a whirlwind romance as Lowell and Marcella met in Seldovia in December 1983, became engaged on Valentine’s Day 1984 and were married at the Seldovia Bible Chapel eight months later on Oct. 13, 1984.
Putting his wife and children above all else in his life, he showed such devotion in providing for his family, doing whatever he could to ensure their thriving future through both financial support and his own wisdom and generous love. One of his greatest joys in life was his home filled with his children’s gifts of music.
We have lost this “great fisherman.” Lowell was the most loving, quiet, generous and kind husband, father, brother and friend. To be in his presence was a blessing. He had an immensely generous heart, willing to help out anyone in his own quiet and subtle way without ever expecting anything in return. He is greatly missed and will be cherished forever within our hearts.
Lowell is survived by his loving family, including his wife Marcella and their four children, Myriah, Seth, Chelsea and Nathan; his five brothers, Wesley and his wife Resa Suydam from Spanaway, Wash., Steven and Linda Suydam from Kodiak, Dwain and Leon from Seldovia, and Roger who lives on the East Coast; his sister Lorraine and husband Bill Mantor from Sedro Wooley, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The community of friends and family honored Lowell at his graveside service, which was held on Jan. 18, 2011, at the Seldovia Cemetery. The packed facility at the celebration of life gathering in the Seldovia Conference Center was a true testament to the love and respect his community has for Lowell and his entire family.