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Donald Edison Hallstead - Obituary
Lifelong Alaskan, father and friend Donald Edison "Toot" Hallstead, 68, died suddenly on Nov. 14, 2002, in the arms of his son. A memorial service was held Nov. 19, 2002, at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Kenai.

Mr. Hallstead came to Alaska in 1938 and lived in a tent city in Anchorage until moving to Seldovia, where his family founded Hallstead Packing Company. He was proud of his roots in Alaska and had many stories to share of his adventures, including his pet seal.

He graduated from high school and served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Marine Corps. Commercial fishing occupied many of his years. He loved boats and being on the open sea. He fished a number of boats, including the "Lucky Dove" out of Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet with his son Don and Patricia Mann.

He was known for his friendliness and free spirit. His family said, "If a man's wealth were measured by the number of his friends, Toot would be a rich man." Spending time with family and friends was what he enjoyed most. He always had a wink and helpful advice for people. It was with a wink and a thumbs-up sign that Toot said goodbye last week.

He was a member of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Kenai.

Mr. Hallstead was preceded in death by his parents, Opal and Earl Hallstead, and his brothers and sisters. He is survived by his daughter Patience Rutledge of Anchorage, daughter Billie Lee Gober of Arkansas, and son Donald Harry Hallstead, also of Kasilof, many nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces, grandchildren and many more. He will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations to help with funeral expenses would be greatly appreciated. Send to Donald E. Hallstead, c/o Donald Harry Hallstead, Box 1004, Kasilof, Alaska 99610.