Steven Hale Rothwell was born May 20, 1959 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bellingham, WA. He passed away peacefully at home with his wife Julie Rothwell by his side on March 20, 2012 at the age of 52.
Steve was a successful commercial fisherman most of his life. As a young boy he spent many of summers in Hoonah, Alaska with his father Duke and his mother Yvonne. Steve was a graduate of Blaine High School and went on to commercial Dungeness crabbing in Southeast Alaska, Puget Sound with his father Duke, and gillnetting Sockeye in Puget Sound. Also he drift gillnetted and set netted Sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
Steve had commercial crabbed out of Blaine for the past 32 years, and for the past 18 years, he was captain of the family fishing vessel “Pride,” one of the most classic fishing boats around. The last six years, Steve had the joy of teaching his son Craig the ways of crabbing. He enjoyed crabbing, and nothing made him happier than being out on the water.
Steve had a true love for Hawaii and made many trips with Julie and Craig. He was a competitive volleyball player and was very involved in Craig’s youth sports, coaching and helping out for many years. Steve was also very involved in the Puget Sound Crab Association. He always strived to be the best at whatever he did.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Julie Rothwell; son, Craig Rothwell; mother, Yvonne Rothwell; sisters, Vickie and Dar Kruse, Bonnie and Jerry Toppen, along with many other uncles, aunts and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, “Duke” Norman Rothwell.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Jerns Funeral Chapel, 464 8th Street in Blaine, WA. Visitation for family and friends is from 12 p.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Steven’s name to the American Cancer Society or the Fisherman’s Memorial in Blaine, WA. The family would like to thank Debbie from Whatcom Hospice. Please sign the Book of Memories, light a candle and leave your condolences for the family at www.JernsFuneralChapel.net.