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A celebration of life for Bill Razpotnik will be held at The Sandbar on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friends and family will gather to wish him fair seas and good fishing.
At his request, this will be a no-host farewell. The family requests written memories you may have to be placed in an album for his children and grandson so they may know him as his friends knew him. Bill always felt there was no better way to know a person than through the eyes of his friends.
Billy Raz passed away on Aug. 5 surrounded by his family and friends, Ken and Lisa Judson, at his home in Juneau. Born in Juneau on Dec. 30, 1965, he lived his entire life in the area he loved. Bill worked for Reliable Transfer, World Wide Movers, Alaska Seafood, and Taku Smokery in his early years. With the blessing of his wife, he later realized his dream of commercial fishing for a living. After learning the way, he signed on with Ron Neiman on F/V MarJo II.
Bill is survived by his wife of 16 years, Effie Dean (Seagrave) Razpotnik, two daughters, Kaitlayn Anderson, Jerrica Razpotnik, grandson Zachariah Katzeek, step-children Joshua and Tanya Lerum, his mother Donna (Bob) Hurley, all of Juneau, his grandmother, Marge Hardin of Boise, Idaho, uncle George (Pat) Hardin of Pennsylvania, brothers-in law James Armstrong of Ketchikan and Randy (Colleen) Hartley of Washington, sister-in-law, Alois Seagrave of Washington, cousins and many treasured friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Razpotnik, great-grandmother, Maude Rice, grandparents, George and June Marks, grandfather Harry Hardin, mother-in-law Effiemae Seagrave, brothers-in-law, George and Gene Seagrave, and uncle Charles Hardin.
His family noted Bill was a fisherman at heart from the age of 3. All he needed in his life was family, friends and fishing. Friends say he was born with a gentle heart, a sense of humor and a neverending source of energy. He often took time to fish for elderly neighbors, fix or build something with a friend. He leaves many who benefited from his love and humor. The family would like friends to write some of their memories to be included in an album for his children and grandchildren.
Bill was a fixture on the deck on the Antares with Bonny Mallard for several Golden North Salmon Derbies. He fished every derby he could manage and placed in both the Spring King and Golden North Salmon Derby. Bill's other interests were hunting local game and wild boar in California, and clam digging with his "girls." Also involved with the Juneau Boxing Club in promoting the sport and watching his own daughters train, Bob Haag helped him realize a dream and he became a certified amateur judge and referee. He and Joe Isturis were fixtures at the local matches.
At his request, there was no formal funeral service. His ashes will be scattered "on the drag" at the end of north Douglas between False Outer Point and the boat launch at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Hospice & Home Care in Juneau, or the Fisherman's Memorial. The family may be contacted at 2970 Douglas Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801.