Obituaries: David J. Maki

Obituaries: David J. Maki

WARRENTON - David John Maki, 58, of Ilwaco, died of a massive heart attack in Warrenton, on Nov. 25, 2010, while aboard his fishing vessel, the Jennie.

He was born Sept. 14, 1952, in Ilwaco, to Emil and Shirley Maki. He graduated from Ilwaco High School in 1971.

He started fishing with his father when he was seven and began trolling the F/V Cheryl Ann during high school. He was an Ilwaco volunteer firefighter, a member of the Masonic Lodge and lived and worked around Ilwaco most of his life.

Beginning in 1973 he worked trolling off the Oregon and Washington Coast on the F/V Nile II. He also fished in Alaska and Northern California. He was a high-line crabber, purse seiner and troller.

Mr. Maki enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting and splitting firewood, smoking fish to share with family and friends, reading about the history of Pacific Northwest and telling stories with that mischievous twinkle in his eyes. He was always hard working and well respected by those who knew him.

He married twice - the first time was in 1975 to Cathy Stewart. They had a daughter, Jennie Maki, and he inherited two stepsons, Ken and Ed Borders. Then in 1986 he married Diane Hanson Rogers and through that marriage acquired two more stepsons, Paul and Joe Rogers. At the time of his death, he and Diane resided together in Grays River.

Survivors include daughter, Jennie; son-in-law Russell; four grandchildren, Zachary, Keegan, Luke and Elise; a sister, Karen Surface; a brother James Maki and the stepchildren mentioned above.

A memorial service will be held at the Pacific Bible Church in Ilwaco, on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m., with a reception to follow. His guest book is available at (

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