CAPT. MICHAEL KENNETH ZACHARY
Capt. Michael Kenneth Zachary, 78, died Sept. 28, 2021, following a cardiac event. The only son of Marie (Metteer) and Kenneth Zachary, he was born in Oregon City, OR, and enjoyed a happy but mischievous childhood in Moro, OR, with his three loving and vibrant sisters. He matriculated to Western Oregon University (or “OCE” in those days), where he met Sally, who would eventually become his “lovely bride” and companion of more than 50 years.
A graduate of the California State University Maritime Academy, Mike started as a deckhand on a tugboat and eventually became a Columbia River Pilot providing maritime pilotage services for the ports of the lower Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Along the way, he and Sally settled in Vancouver, Washington, and raised their children, built their community, and vacationed in the mountains and on the coast with their dear friends from college and beyond. They spent their retirement years as “snow birds” who split their time between Phoenix, AZ, and Lincoln City, OR.
Mike is survived by his adoring and fiercely independent daughters, Jennifer Zachary and Heather Zachary (Andrew Jurgens); and his doting and indulgent sister, Patricia Bourdeau (Dennis).
A big man with an even bigger heart, Mike was unfailingly generous. His family and friends will miss his deliveries of homemade smoked salmon, colorful colloquialisms, cartons of ripe Oregon strawberries and juicy Arizona citrus, and clever one-liners. The world was both sweeter and funnier while Mike was in it. May he ever have fair winds and following seas.
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Published by The Columbian on Oct. 2, 2021.