Earl W. Anderson Jr. (AKA ‘Captain Midnight’) was born June 13, 1925, in Seattle, Washington to Earl and Florence (Curry) Anderson. He passed away on July 12, 2013.
Hoquiam was his home for the majority of his life. His World War II service was with the Coast Guard where he spent most of his time in the South Pacific.
He began his life long love of the ocean as a twelve-year-old rowing from the Hoquiam River to Westport and back; camping on the beach until the next tide. He satisfied his fascination with boat building, riding his bike from boatyard to boatyard, spending his days watching boat construction; owning his first commercial boat at the young age of 13. He began his charter boat business in 1953, one of the first to run charters in Westport. He was fortunate to spend 46 years doing what he loved most. Of the many boats Earl built, the Stardust was one of the most beautiful wood boats to grace the water.
He was a Hoquiam fireman for 17 years where he developed many close, life long friends.
He married the love of his life Dorothy (Carlson) in 1949, she preceded him in death in 1994. He is survived by his children, Christine (David White) of Vashon, Norman (Peggy Bradley) of Port Orchard, Margo (Lyle Picard) of Seattle, Kerry (Tanya Bowers) of Hoquiam and Dana (Martin Parker) of Vashon; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five nieces, and three great-nieces. We invite you to a memorial gathering of family and friends from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, 2013, at the Westport Maritime Museum in the Lens Building.
To sign the on-line book of memories or to light a memorial candle please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com. Arrangements are by Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.