Mr. Suydam was born April 3, 1928, in the old post office at Chignik Lagoon. He worked as a commercial fisherman. His family said, "He thought fishing was the best way to make a living. His past years were spent enjoying leisure activities with his companion and loving wife Aroonski (pronounced Aloon). He took extreme pride in his children and grandchildren. He felt a strong desire to share stories of his culture and heritage. He loved Alaska, especially Chignik. Not a day went by in his life that he didn't read. He was an avid reader. He was very happy to have had a second chance after he nearly died from his first bout with colon cancer."
Mr. Suydam was preceded in death by his first wife, Stella, his daughter Marilyn Fiske and his stepdaughters Linda and Carol Crandall.
He is survived by his wife, Aroonski Suydam; his brothers Antril, Larry and Glen Suydam; his sisters Marilyn Cratty, Laural Olson and Loretta Olson; children, Lowell and Marcella Suydam, Wesley and Resa Suydam, Steven and Linda Suydam and Lorraine and Bill Mantor; stepchildren, Rodger and Vonnie Wallin, Leon Wallin and Dwain Wallin and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Myriah, Seth, Chelsea, Nathan, Meagan, Lyndi, Tesa, Tesa's children Ian and Stella, Stephanie, Summer, Summer's child Makhail, Gary, Luke, Serena, Levi, Arlen, Garrett, Brandon, Autumn, Hans, Misha, Elaina, Elaina's children Leon and Noria, Audie, Jackie, Becky, Brendon, Bobby and Shane.