ALTOONA - Daniel (Danny) L. Stephan, 46, died of natural causes on Oct. 27, 2003 at his Altoona home. The son of Daniel J. and Loretta Clair (Larson) Stephan, he was born June 15, 1957 in Longview.
An Altoona area resident his entire life, he graduated from Naselle High School in 1976.
He fished the Cooper River in Alaska the first time in 1971 at the age of 14 with his dad. He eventually bought his own boats and fished commercially on the Columbia River, in Puget Sound and at Cook Inlet in Alaska. He was forced to retire because of his long battle with mental illness and other ensuing physical disabilities. His desire to live a normal life, in his own home on the river he loved, was an on-going pursuit for him.
He was a very well-read and informed history student, with an uncanny memory for dates and stories. He enjoyed talking history with his friends and everyone he met. He was a loving and loyal son, brother, uncle and grandson.
He was a member of the Columbia River Fisherman's Protective Union, Salmon for All and Altoona Snag Union.
Survivors include his parents Clair and Dan Stephan of Rosburg; sisters: Bonnie Morgan of Tualatin, Ore., Marlee Burch of Naselle and Lara Walker of Portland, Ore.; his aunt Edna Miller of Altoona; uncles Terry and Tracy Larson of Rosburg; his grandpa Harvey L. Larson of Rosburg; four nieces and two nephews.
A celebration of his life service was held on Nov. 2 at Grays River Methodist Church in Grays River, with Rev. Barbara Bate officiating.