Aug. 8, 1935 - Dec. 7, 2010

Joe Easley, 75, of Astoria was born Aug. 8, 1935, in Newport and lived his entire life in Oregon. He died Dec. 7, 2010, in Astoria.

He grew up in Coos Bay where he married his wife, Lucille, and raised three daughters, Becky, Terri and Patti Jo. Joe worked in the wood products industry from 1948 until 1963, when he became a commercial fisherman, owning and operating the fishing vessel Estep. In 1980, he hired a captain for the Estep and moved from Coos Bay to Astoria to assume the role of executive director of the Oregon Trawl Commission; retiring from that position in 2003. Joe received numerous awards and commendations throughout his career, but he was especially proud of being the first recipient of the National Fisherman’s HIGHLINER award in 1975, and of being inducted in the Oregon State University College of Agriculture Sciences Hall of Fame in 2007. He was extremely involved, both as a volunteer and as a working professional, in the management of the fishing industry, advocating for fisherman in the political process.

A list of his impressive body of work is below.

Joe was an avid family man and sportsman who loved golf, hunting and camping, and truly enjoyed impromptu road trips with his wife. He was a life time member of the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by a large family and many friends who miss him deeply including wife, Lucille; daughters and their husbands, Becky and Norm Whitten, Terri and Tim Baltus and Patti and Tom Timothy; along with 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; and brothers, Bill, Mike and Tom. Joe took great joy in his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Career highlights:

2007: Inducted into the OSU College of Agriculture Sciences Hall of Fame

1994 – 2010:  Member, OSU College of Agriculture Resource Economics Department Outside Advisory Council

1990 -2002: Member U.S. delegation on whiting allocation negotiations between U.S. and Canada.

1990 - 1991: Member Groundfish Subcommittee, PFMC Advisory Panel.

1990 - 2010: Board member and executive board member, Seafood Consumer Center, Inc. Chairman, 1999 - 2010.

1989 - 1999: Member and chairman of the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee, to the U.S. Coast Guard.

1989 - 2010: Member of Oregon State University Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station Advisory Council. Chairman 2002 – 2010.

1988: Member of U.S. Department of State - U.S. / USSR Task Force

1986 - 1995: Board member, National Council of Fishing Vessel Safety and Insurance

1986 - 1987: Board member, Community Economic Stabilization Corporation of Oregon

1985 - 1987: Advisor, Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association’s Fisheries Project

1982 - 1992: Advisor U.S. Section, International North Pacific Fisheries Commission

1981 - 2000: Member Clatsop Economic Development Council, member executive board 1986 - 1991, vice chairman 1988, chairman 1989 – 1990

1981 - 1990: Member, Pacific Fishery Management Council, chairman September 1985 through September 1987

1980 - 1984: Member, Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Commerce  (MAFAC)

1980 - 2004: Advisor Oregon Section, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

1980 - 1989: Board member West Coast Fisheries Development Foundation. President 1982 – 1989

1979 - 1980: Board member and president, Fishermen’s Marketing Association, head office in Eureka, Calif.

1978 - 1979: Consultant to the Pacific Fishery Management Council for U.S. -- Canada negotiations on boundaries, hydrocarbons and fisheries, except salmon

1976 - 1978: Member, Pacific Fishery Management Council

1975: HIGHLINER Award at Fish Expo from National Fisherman, first year of giving the award

1972 -1977: Member, national board and president of the Western Region of the National Federation of Fishermen, vice president of the national board four years

1971 - 1976: Advisor to U.S. Department of State for bilateral negotiations for fisheries with Japan, Poland and USSR

1971 - 1977: Commissioner, Otter Trawl Commission of Oregon, chairman four years. Name of commission is now Oregon Trawl Commission

1960 - 1962: Provided leadership in forming a credit union at Cape Arago Lumber Co. and was president for two years

1958 - 1962 1964 - 1967: Volunteer fireman cities of Empire and Coos Bay

An informal remembrance will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in Astoria at the Maritime Museum’s Kern Room.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, c/o Cadwells Luce Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.

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