NASELLE - Edward L. Maxwell, 57, died at home in Naselle on March 12, 2004, after a long illness. He was born in Long Beach, Calif., on Feb. 8, 1947, and was the first born of Clarence and Helen (Lewis) Maxwell.

The family moved to Bremerton when his father was transferred there by the Navy. He graduated from East High School in 1966 and met his future wife, Cathy Fredrickson. Mr. Maxwell obtained a degree from Olympic College in 1968. After graduation he worked at the Alpine Evergreen Christmas Tree Company in Port Orchard where he did a variety of outdoor jobs.

The couple attended the University of Washington together and married in 1973. He received a degree in fisheries science in 1973. In 1976 he became a salmon hatchery manager trainee with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He and his wife lived at hatcheries on the Klickitat and Satsop rivers before they moved to the Grays River in 1979 and the Naselle River in 1982. He retired from the department in 2001 as the Willapa Bay complex manager for the three Willapa Bay salmon hatcheries. He always brought his biologist's training to his job and was well-respected by his colleagues.

As a youth, Mr. Maxwell had a curiosity about the natural world and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Later in life he loved to hike, climb and explore the mountains and valleys, first in the Olympics and later in the Willapa Hills. He was very proud of his son Gavin who was born in 1987. They shared many happy times exploring the outdoors together.

He enjoyed visiting his mother, Helen, sister Pat (Maxwell) Cooper and her husband Frank, nieces Erika Cooper and Andrea (Cooper) Nokell and family of Bremerton, as well as his brother Gary and wife Belinda of Lynnwood. His sister Pat and family lovingly hosted many gatherings in Bremerton. He was also well-loved by Cathy's family, including his niece Leigh Fredrickson. He was always admired for his wit and optimism about life. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Maxwell in 1998.

At a later date a celebration of his life will be held which will reflect his fondness for entertaining. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163 or the Washington Native Plant Society, 6310 NE 74th Street, Suite 215 E, Seattle, WA 98115. Cremation arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.

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