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 Robert Jacob “Jake” Gilman

Robert Jacob “Jake” Gilman

Vancouver, Clark County, Washington, USA
Death 22 Oct 2008 (aged 22)
Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska, USA
Burial Camas, Clark County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 30855092 · View Source
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Jake's given name was Robert Jacob Gilman

Jake Gilman passed away on October 22, 2008 in the Bering Sea after his boat the F.V. Katmai unexpectedly took on water and sank. He fought courageously for 19 hours but rescuers weren't able to get to him in time.

Jake was born on November 1, 1985 in Vancouver. He was a lifetime Camas-Washougal resident and a graduate of Camas High School in 2004. Growing up he became a C-W Little League and Babe Ruth All-Star. Throughout school he worked at the Camas Dairy Queen, Totem Rent-All of Washougal, Gregg's Roofing, and as hunting guide in Idaho, before getting his final job as a commercial fisherman aboard the F.V Katmai for Katmai Fishing Inc. of Kodiak, Alaska. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, and he also enjoyed Muay Thai MMA, and skateboarding.

Jake is survived by his parents Shara and Ronald Martindale, sister Hannah Cagle, brother Coe Cagle, stepsisters Alta Hertz, and Lynn Hertz, step-brother Trapper Martindale, grandparents Charles and Vickie Menefee, and Betty Thornton, uncle and aunt Robert and Pam Menefee, and numerous cousins and friends.

There will be a Celebration of Jake's Life on what would have been his 23rd birthday, Saturday, November 1st at 1:00 pm at Camas High School: 26900 SE 15th St., Camas, WA 98607. Viewing will be held Wednesday thru Friday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at Brown's Funeral Home in Camas. Vault interment will take place at the Fern Prairie Cemetery in Camas. Memorials in Jake's honor may be sent to either St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital: 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or Doernbecher Children's Hospital: M/S 20, PO Box 4100, Portland, OR 97208-9908.

Brown's Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Camas has been entrusted with arrangements.

Jake Gilman

CAMAS, Wash. -- At the age of 18, Jake Gilman hopped in his aging pickup and drove from this Clark County town to central Idaho. He had no plan, no leads for a job, nothing but a want for adventure, said his stepfather, Ron Martindale.

He ended up working for a hunting and fishing guide, setting up tents, cooking meals, loading pack animals and taking clients into the Sawtooth Mountains.

"He was never satisfied staying put," Martindale said.

About a month ago, that wanderlust took him to Alaska.

Gilman, 22, died Wednesday when the fishing boat he was aboard sank in frigid Bering Sea waters.

"He just said, 'I want to do this,'" Martindale said Friday afternoon during a phone interview from Anchorage, where he waited for Gilman's body to arrive. "His mom was not happy about him going fishing. I had some concerns, but I thought it would be an adventure."

Martindale works for an oil contractor in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, traveling home to Camas every two weeks. The fishing industry's safety record had been pretty good lately, he said. "If we had glasses that allowed us to look forward, we wouldn't do a lot of things."

Gilman graduated from Camas High School in 2004. Admissions secretary Barb Voogt remembered his quick smile and friendly nature.

"He was just a good kid," she said. "He was happy-go-lucky."

The teenager played a game of cat and mouse with Voogt, who handled suspensions and attendance at the time. The school didn't allow students to leave campus for lunch, but Gilman lived close by and would sneak home. She tried to catch him.

"He was fun," she said, adding that he never got into serious trouble at school.

According to records in Oregon and Washington, Gilman didn't even have a speeding ticket.

He had been working for a roofing company in Camas before he left for Alaska. His stepfather said part of the lure of working on a fishing boat was the money.

Funeral services are pending with Brown's Funeral Home in Camas.

Jake is preceded in death by his Great Grandparents Dossie and Edith Bates, Great Aunt Mary Jo Batten and Great Uncle Eddie Bates.

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