Gerald Plancich

October 10, 1952 ~ February 20, 2019 (age 66)

Gerald Andrew Plancich passed away at his Dockton home on February 20, 2019 after a long illness.

Gerald was born in Seattle on October 10, 1952 to Jerry Victor and Elizabeth Jean (Smith) Plancich, he attended Vashon Schools and graduated with the class of 1971.

Gerald fathered two sons Brian and Nicholas.

Gerald grew up in a fishing family in the fishing community of Dockton, surrounded by Aunts, Uncles and Cousins, where you worked hard and helped your neighbor, mostly you were gone summer and fall and preparing the boats and nets the rest of the year. At one-point Gerald was one of the top five fisherman in Kodiak. He was proud of his boats most recently the Scorpio and looked after it well, he sold that boat and took over the Arline after his father retired, sadly his health declined and so did the Arline.

Gerald will be remembered for his kind heart and giving nature, he often gave more than he could afford so others did not do without. Son Brian remembers; my Dad liked to laugh and tell stories, and in his day, he was a heck of a fisherman. He respected the profession and the old timers before him. As a young kid he would take me with him to talk shop and share stories with other skippers in Alaska and back home. He was proud of his job and the people he met along the way. Whenever we were in Kodiak everywhere, we went he had to stop and make conversation with the locals, other fishermen and cannery personnel. The same happened on the Island. There was never a trip from Dockton to Vashon that did not include 2-3 stops and multiple conversations.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents Jerry and Betty, his brother Mark and his sister Marcie. He leaves behind his brother Greg, sons Nick (Delphine) and Brian (Aida), grandchildren Sophia, Joey and Eli, niece Carlie and great niece December.  As well as many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday April 6, 2019, 2pm at the Vashon Eagles. Please bring a dish to share and some good Gerald memories.

Cemetery placement will be at the Vashon Cemetery.


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