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Exploring Kodiak with Marty Owen

By James Gaddis 11:41 AM June 18, 2014
KODIAK –

The Emerald Island’s longtime harbor master recently retired, adding another chapter to his family’s rich history there.

Marty Owen is the grandson of Al Owen, the first Alaska state Senator from Kodiak.

Marty, who grew up in Tacoma, spent many summers working on crabbing boats and tendered for salmon off the shores of Kodiak. After 24 years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he returned for good as harbor master in 1995.

In Kodiak, fishing fuels the economy. During Owen’s 19 years on the job, a majority of the once-aging port facilities have been upgraded while new projects, like the shipyard, have been completed.

“Marty’s done a great job to connect with everybody in the community. He’s passionate about everything he does. He’s very social,” said Lonny White, Kodiak’s newest harbor master. “I’ve never met anybody, I don’t think, that he didn’t like. And so he’s touched the community from all spectrums.”

Now retired, Owen summarized his experience in a few words.

“I’d say it was interesting, challenging and rewarding,” Owen said. “I’ll miss it very much.”

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