Former Dillingham councilman and fisherman dies of cancer at 57

Jul 13, 2018

Andy deValpine, 57, died in late June after battling cancer for two years.

photo taken circa 1990
Credit Bob King

A Bristol Bay fisherman and former Dillingham city councilman has died after a two-year battle with cancer.

Andy deValpine died June 23 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland where he was enrolled in a clinical trial.

In addition to commercial fishing and serving on the city council, deValpine also worked for Bristol BayTimes, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, and the Bristol Bay Coastal Resource Service Area.

A musician and artist, he was remembered for his mischievous grin, boundless sense of wit, and hosting an eclectic music program on KDLG called “Mongrel Mix.”

DeValpine also helped design the artwork across from the N&N that blended salmon and sailboat masts, and coined the phrase describing Dillingham as “Nature’s Front Porch.”

Survived by his wife, Maria, her children Peter and Zoe; his sisters Stephanie and Renee, a nephew and four nieces, Andy deValpine was 57.  

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked friends to, “eat wild salmon, adopt a dog, and donate to the ACLU.”

Bob King was news director of KDLG radio from 1978 to 1994.