Carl Christiansen—May 3, 1932- Dec. 10, 2011
Carl Christiansen—May 3, 1932-Dec. 10, 2011
Carl Christiansen, 79, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at his home in Seward.
No service is being held at this time, but a celebration of his life will take place in the spring.
A lifelong Alaskan, Carl was born May 3, 1932 in King Cove.
In the early 1950s he was drafted into the U.S. Army, served in the Korean Conflict and received an Honorable Discharge.
He was a commercial fisherman from the mid-1940s to 1971. He liked to tell people that in the early days of the king crab fishery they were paid pennies per pound and were ecstatic when the price went to 11 cents a pound. From 1971 until he retired in 1997 he worked in Seward at the Institute of Marine Science.
He was an avid golfer, a better than average bowler and enjoyed hunting. After retirement he spent many hours in his basement shop making cutting boards, small wooden planter boxes, bird houses, small tables and made a much appreciated computer desk. Carl loved spending time with his grandchildren and thought nothing of driving to Big Lake and back (round trip of 360 miles) in a day. He wanted people to think he was a rough and tough guy but he was really a big softy.
Carl will be greatly missed by his wife Judi of Seward, son Hjalmar of Anchorage, son Carl and family (wife, Margie and Alexandria) of Seward; daughter Ramona and family (Tony, Tatiana, Lilly, and Ricky) of Big Lake; brother, Michael (Ling) of Red Bluff, Calif.; brother, Howard of King Cove; sister, Fannie (Don) of Washington, New Jersey; sister Minnie of Anchorage and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.