ILWACO - Ilwaco resident Almon Q. Dorland, age 82, died at his home on June 23, 2003 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Born Feb. 2, 1921 in Edgerton, Alberta, Canada he was a son of Norman and Ethel (Church) Dorland.
When Mr. Dorland was 4-years-old he moved with his family to the Grays Harbor area of Washington. His father was a fisherman in LaPush and Westport. He attended school in Westport and then joined his father as a commercial fisherman.
In 1942 Mr. Dorland joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. After being honorably discharged from the Navy at the end of the war he returned to Washington and commercial fishing. In 1948 he moved to the Long Beach Peninsula and fished out of Ilwaco. He and Wilma Christensen were married on May 13, 1949 and made their home in Ilwaco.
For many years, Mr. Dorland fished in Washington and Alaska through the summers, and during the winter season he worked in the logging industry for Penttila's Logging of Naselle or Crown Zellerbach. He also worked as a laborer on construction crews when fishing season ended.
He enjoyed reading and watching television. Each day he read the newspaper completely, from front to back. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman Eli and Joseph "Joe" and by his only son, Brice Dorland in 2001. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years Wilma of Ilwaco; a granddaughter Jasmine Lemons of Austin, Texas; grandsons Travis Lemons of Naselle and Chris Lemons of Ilwaco and numerous nieces and nephews.
At his request no public service is scheduled. Private cremation has been held with inurnment at Ilwaco Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Harbors Home Health and Hospice or the Ilwaco Fire Department c/o Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631