Monday, March 30, 2015

'He died while smoking, drinking whiskey and telling lies'

Captain Donald Malcolm Jr lived a magnificent life, so it's only fitting that his family would choose to memorialize him in a legendary way when the 60-year-old Alaska fisherman passed away last month.

In an obituary published in the Homer Tribune, Malcolm's daughter Megan inspires both tears and laughter by writing that her father passed away on February 28 'nestled in the bosom of his family, while smoking, drinking whiskey and telling lies.'

'He died from complications resulting from being stubborn, refusing to go to the doctor, and raising hell for six decades. Stomach cancer also played a minor role in his demise,' Megan Malcolm added.

The obituary goes on to tell the story of Malcolm's life, starting with his upbringing in Kirkland, Washington. At the age of 19, Malcolm left his home state for Dutch Harbor, Alaska in order to realize his life's calling to 'yell at deckhands on commercial fishing boats.'

For forty years, Malcolm worked as a boat cook, mechanic, deckhand, captain and boat owner catching crab, halibut, black cod and salmon - mostly out of the Bering Sea.

It was after a crab-fishing trip that he met his wife Maureen, who he found 'in his bed' and decided to keep. Full story...

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