Perry Nathan Buchanan — May 28, 1929-Jan. 8, 2012
Perry Nathan Buchanan
Perry Nathan Buchanan was born in Roseberry, Idaho on May 28, 1929 and died on Jan. 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Perry moved to Alaska with his brother Gene in 1951. He met Lettie Lavern Fox (Dolly) in Seldovia in 1953 and they were married on Jan. 2, 1955. They had three children — Cathy, Steve and Tom.
Perry worked longshoring and in a lumber mill in Seward from 1951 to 1965 when he joined the Alaska Marine Highway, working on the new M/V Tustumena from 1965 to 1988. Perry loved fishing and he commercial fished for salmon in Lower Cook Inlet from 1967 to 2000 with his sons Steve and Tom. When he retired Perry greatly enjoyed wintering in Arizona, enjoying the sun and the warmth with his wife, and summering in Seward on the family property at Mile 7 Seward Highway.
Perry leaves his wife Lettie; daughter Cathy and son-in-law Richard Johnson and their children Catherine and Richard Jr. (Ricky) and four great grandchildren; son Perry (Steve) and daughter-in-law Janet and their four children, Nathan, Michelle, Andrew and Jeffrey; Tom and his children Thomas and Melissa.
Perry’s ashes will be spread in Seward in the summer of 2012 with a private family ceremony according to his wishes.