Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 6:07 PM on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lowell Keith Suydam

Jan. 27, 1953- Jan. 14, 2011

Lowell Keith Suydam, 57, died Jan. 14, 2011, in Seldovia.

Lowell was born to the late Floyd and Stella Suydam on Jan. 27, 1953, in Chignik Lagoon, and resided with his family in Seldovia. He graduated from Susan B. English School in 1972.


Lowell Keith Suydam

He commercial fished in Chignik Lagoon all his life. Starting as a young boy, Lowell learned from his father, Floyd, and became the successful captain of his father's fishing vessel, the Stellor. Lowell also worked for the Seldovia Village Tribe as the computer expert and was the "go-to" guy whenever anything technical was amiss, not working, new or broken.

It was a whirlwind romance as Lowell and Marcella met in Seldovia in December 1983, became engaged on Valentine's Day 1984 and were married at the Seldovia Bible Chapel eight months later, on Oct. 13, 1984. Lowell put his wife and children above all else in his life, doing whatever he could to ensure their thriving future through both financial support and his own wisdom and generous love. One of his greatest joys in life was his home filled with his children's gifts of music.

His family wrote, "We have lost this great fisherman. Lowell was the most loving, quiet, generous and kind husband, father, brother and friend. To be in his presence was a blessing. He had an immensely generous heart, willing to help out anyone in his own quiet and subtle way without ever expecting anything in return. He is greatly missed and will be cherished forever within our hearts."

Lowell is survived by his wife, Marcella; four children, Myriah, Seth, Chelsea and Nathan; five brothers, Wesley and Resa Suydam of Spanaway, Wash., Steven and Linda Suydam of Kodiak, Dwain and Leon of Seldovia, and Roger of the East Coast; sister Lorraine and Bill Mantor of Sedro Wooley, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A grave side service was held Jan. 18, 2011, at the Seldovia Cemetery. The packed facility at the Celebration of Life gathering in the Seldovia Conference Center was a true testament to the love and respect the community has for Lowell and his family.