Friday, December 28, 2012

Ben Wright's Retirement

Ben Wright, Animal Caretaker, retired from Dworshak National Fish Hatchery today after over 30 years of Service to the Federal government.  Ben was a friend to all and a great mentor to all the fish culturists, biologists, and managers that have been through Dworshak National Fish Hatchery.  Ben was born in Alaska and would tell stories of hunting seals and fishing with his father growing up. 

While at Dworshak, Ben spawned over 50 million steelhead and chinook eggs during his tenure.  This feat, along with his compassion for his co-workers earned him the title of "Grandfather" at Dworshak.  The crew honored Ben's retirement with a .270 rifle engraved with "Grandfather, Ben Wright"  from "DNFH".


Ben will be missed at Dworshak,  but his legacy continues through the people he touched and taught the art of rearing fish at this facility.  While surrounded by his wife, daughter, and grandchildren, he fondly lamented that his family has always been the most important part of his life, and his Dworshak family is no exception.


We'll Miss You Ben!

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