Larry Richard Fish

July 6, 1942 - March 8, 2022

Larry Richard Fish passed away on March 8, 2022, following a stroke and a battle with metastatic melanoma. Known by many as simply Fish, or Mr. Warm and Wonderful, Larry was born July 6, 1942, in Spokane, Washington.

Raised in Port Angeles, WA, he attributed his strong work ethic to being the son of a logger. Larry and his wife of nearly 48 years, DeeDee, spent 13 years in Nome, where they made many lifetime friends.

Larry owned and operated The F.I.S.H. Company (Foam Insulation Saves Heat!) and later found his calling, working with delinquent youth in both Alaska and Washington. He had an array of witty one-liners his family dubbed “Fishisms” - “I’ve told you a hundred million times never to exaggerate” or “My job is simple, just to love you.”

He is survived by the love of his life, Diane (his DeeDee Lynn), his two sisters, Roxanne Bowell (Richard) of Palmer, Alaska, and Ginny Dale Cress (Marty) of San Diego, California, and two brothers-in-law, Pat Bukoskey (Carmen) of Kirkland, Washington, and Jeff Bukoskey (Jana) of Federal Way, Washington. He also leaves behind three children: Kim Buchanan (Kirk) of Snohomish, Washington, Michael Vetsch of Everett, Washington, and Deena Elliott of Arlington, Washington, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and dozens of beloved nieces and nephews. Fiercely loyal, generous, kind, and thoughtful, he will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved him.

 Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 26, at 2 p.m. at Lake Stevens Baptist Church, 1702 124th Avenue NE, Lake Stevens, WA. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Lake Stevens Baptist Church in his name.



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PO Box 610
Nome, Alaska 99762

Phone: (907) 443-5235
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