Daniel GoochDaniel “Dana” “Fish” Gooch was a fisherman at St Jude Alaska who studied and later became an AMSEA drill inspector.  He always drew a fishing line in his written letter sign-off.

“Fish” died in a Lynnwood care facility on December 7, 2014. He had been a beloved member of the Ballard homeless community, described as “a real loving person, a likeable fellow.” He has a memorial page at American Memorials.

His Leaf is placed at Ballard Commons Park. If you have photos or memories to share, please post a comment.


Fisherman’s Prayer

I pray that I may live to fish
Until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast,
I then most humbly pray:


When in the Lord’s great landing net
And peacefully asleep
That in His mercy I be judged
Big enough to keep.

Featured Leaf July-August 2015

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Iris Cloud (Photo courtesy of DESC)

Related Sites
  • Homeless Remembrance Project The main site of the Homeless Remembrance Project, with much more about the Tree of Life.
  • Mary's Place The only day center where homeless women can go with their children & co-sponsor of Women in Black.
  • WHEEL WHEEL (Women’s Housing, Equality & Enhancement League) is a grassroots organizing effort of homeless women.