Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 12:45 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Weldon S. Chivers


Weldon S. Chivers

November 11, 1942 July 27, 2012

Weldon S. Chivers passed away on July 27, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the University of Utah Medical Center of heart complications.

Weldon was born Nov, 11, 1942, in Vernal, Utah, to Glen Chivers and Enid Smuin.

As an oil field family they moved often, and Weldon found himself growing up in Big Piney, Wyo., graduating from the Big Piney High School in 1961.

His work took him from the oil fields of Wyoming and Utah to a master mechanic position at a power plant in Montana to offshore oil fields of Alaska, then ultimately gaining his most notoriety as a halibut charter boat captain in Homer.

As a young man, many knew Weldon as a motorcycle racer, racing Flat Track all around the Utah, Wyoming and Colorado area. Someone said the only reason he won so many races was to kiss the trophy girl.

Weldon also shard the passion with many others of collecting guns and knives, but typically most of Weldons hobbies involved some type of motorized means. He raced motorcycles, flew airplanes and rode snowmachines. There are more than a few adventurous stories about all of them.

Weldon was known for his sense of humor. People may not remember things he said or did, but they will remember how he made them feel forever.

His family wrote: Captain Weldon, Weldon, WC, Pug, Brother, Dad or Grandpa are many names youll hear Weldon S. Chivers called by. All of these names are mere terms of endearment for a man that most were proud to call friend. He may not have sailed the seven seas, but his life was no less adventurous.

He is survived by his mother, Enid Mertz of Layton, Utah; his sisters, Coleen Edwards of Morgan, Utah, Joyce Boren of Lapoint, Utah, and his youngest sister Shelly Reid of Garland, Texas; and his brothers, Jim Chivers of Ocala, Fla., and his youngest brother Randy Chivers of Wasilla.

Weldon was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Chivers, and his brother, Clay Chivers.

Weldon has one son and a daughter-in-law, Mike and Jerri Chivers, and two grandchildren, Makayla and Dain Chivers, all from Kenai. Weldon had many stepchildren who love to call him Dad: Bob Robertson of South Jordan, Utah, Haylee Gatti Driscoll of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kris Egan of Colstrip, Mont., Andrea Demas of Colstrip and Juli Michel of Rocksprings, Wyo.

There will be a celebration of life at Weldons Tacklebuster Charters building on the Spit Boardwalk in Homer from 2-6 p.m. Sept. 16, 2012. A potluck, refreshments and stories will be served. All are welcome.