The FV Cornelia Marie lost one its past deckhands and engineers – Mark Anderson. Mark passed away from ongoing heart problems with a recent complication of pneumonia that took his life. You can see Mark during Season three of Deadliest Catch. During that season Murray Gamrath was Engineer. Upon Mark’s passing, Murray said:
I met Mark while fishing on the Cornelia Marie. While working with him we became good friends and I realized what a good person Mark is. Mark was an excellent deck hand and engineer. Great work ethics and always a pleasure to work with. Always had a smile on his face and willing to work and got along well with everybody. It is sad to see he has passed as such a young age. We will all miss him.
Murray’s wife Jody also had the opportunity to work with and get to know Mark. She had this to say:
Personally I am grateful I was able to spend the summer of 08 with Mark and really get to know him. He was way too young with too much potential to be gone. He was a true and loyal friend, fun to be around, witty, could always make me laugh, generous to a fault. In some ways he was just like the stereo type of a fisherman, but in many other ways he was not at all. The summer I worked with him he kept me laughing and kept me on my toes. We played pranks and had water balloon fights but most important he made sure Murray didn’t leave me behind at the cannery when he didn’t know I had gone up to use the internet and in between trying to knock me in the salmon filled tanks he made sure I didn’t get knocked out from whatever was being loaded/unloaded overhead when I frequently wasn’t paying attention. I could go on…. I will miss his random calls that always brightened my day…….
I thank both Jody and Murray for their comments about Mark Anderson. The Cornelia Marie family sends our condolences to Mark’s family, especially his mother and sister.