PORT OF CHINOOK - The John Fauver Fisherman's Memorial, at the east end of Port of Chinook, will be dedicated Sunday at 1 p.m. A memorial to fishermen from Chinook who were lost at sea, names on the memorial range from Chris Torvick, who was lost in 1891, to Shaun Peterson, who drowned in a boating accident last year. The dedication is open to the public.

The memorial is dedicated to Chinook fisherman John Fauver who died Aug. 10, 2001, after the crabbing boat he was on capsized at Benson Beach.

During the dedication, fisher poet Geno Leech of Chinook will read one of his poems and act as MC. Leech's poem is engraved on one of the plaques to be placed on the memorial.

One full plaque on the memorial contains the names of fishermen from Chinook who were lost at sea:

Chris Torvick - 1891

David O. Petit - 1914

William Johnson - 1922

Adolph Sund - 1923

Helmar Ecklund - 1925

Andrew B. Martenson - 1953

John Anderson - 1957

Bert Bergman - 1961

Stanley Bergman - 1961

Lewis H. Williams - 1968

Clark Olsen - 1970

Norman Gisher - 1981

Gudjon Roy Gudjonsson - 1987

Mark Leese - 1990

Stanley R. Huitt - 1996

Marcus Fox - 1997

Kirk Harkness - 1998

Paul Bergman - 1999

Donny Martin - 2001

John Fauver - 2001

Shaun Peterson - 2002

A color guard from U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment will be on hand during the dedication and Harry Dunlap, from Ilwaco, will play the bagpipes.

Plans for the memorial began about two years ago when contributions in Fauver's memory were made to the Chinook Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters in the department decided to use the money for a memorial to local fishermen.

Other contributors to the memorial include Jim Schraeder of Long Beach who donated a bell and a flag pole donated by Bell Buoy Crab Co. The marble plaques were provided by Ron Hylton of Penttila's Chapel by the Sea.

Port and fire department members are still looking for relatives of Chris Torvick, William Johnson and John Anderson. Anyone with more information on others lost at sea and who lived in Chinook should call Port of Chinook Manager Dan Todd at 777-8797.

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